David Price reached a $19.75-million, one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding arbitration. His contract is the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration, topping Max Scherzer’s $15,525,000 agreement with the Tigers last year.
Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, went 15-12 with a 3.26 earned-run average last season, and he led the major leagues with 271 strikeouts. He also reached a career high with 248 1/3 innings pitched.
Several other pitchers got big salaries during the busiest day of the off-season, when 93 players reached agreements, including Washington’s Doug Fister ($11.4 million) and Stephen Strasburg ($7.4 million), San Diego’s Ian Kennedy ($9.85 million) and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox ($9.8 million).
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, with one game left to serve on a 25-game suspension for using a banned supplement, got the largest deal among position players at $12 million.
Of the 175 players who filed for arbitration on Tuesday, just 74 exchanged figures with their teams and only 56 were without agreements by Friday night.
Free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki, who played with the Kansas City Royals last season, agreed to a $4.7-million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Aoki could share time in left field with Gregor Blanco.
The Miami Marlins and closer Steve Cishek avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.65-million, one-year contract. The team also settled with former Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon and right-handers Henderson Alvarez and Aaron Crow.