Tigers avoid arbitration with Scherzer, Young, Kelly
By REED Nelson
The Detroit Tigers announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to one-year deals with their three remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Outfielder Delmon Young, starting pitcher Max Scherzer and utility infielder Don Kelly all agreed to new contracts, marking it the 10th straight year GM Dave Dombrowski has avoided salary arbitration. As is customary, the Tigers did not disclose the value of each deal.
Scherzer’s deal was for a reported $3.75 million, Young’s for $6.75 million and Kelly’s for $900,000.
The three signings came on the heels of two other Monday signings: a $3.1 million deal that starter Rick Porcello agreed to and a $1.1 million deal with reliever Phil Coke.
Tuesday's deals bring back key contributors from last season's playoff run.
Delmon Young hit .274 (46-168) with five doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 32 RBI in 40 games with the Tigers last season and added a lot of pop in the postseason. Young, who was acquired from Minnesota in a three-player deal on Aug. 15, 2011, slugged five home runs in 11 playoff games.
Max Scherzer completed his third straight season as a starter last season -- his last two with the Tigers -- compiling a 15-9 record with a 4.43 ERA (195.0IP/96ER) and 174 strikeouts in 33 appearances.
Don Kelly, the Tigers' super-utility man, played all nine positions in 2011, including a stint as relief pitcher on June 29.
Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 19, and the rest of the team has to report by Feb. 24 in order to prep for their Spring Training opener on March 2 against Florida Southern University.