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Scherzer and Davis close deals as MLB salary arbitration continues

NEW YORK--Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer and major league home run champion Chris Davis of Baltimore reached lucrative new deals on Friday as Major League Baseball players and teams swapped proposed figures in salary arbitration.

Of the 146 players who filed for arbitration earlier in the week, 91 reached agreements Friday, leaving 39 headed toward hearings next month.

Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers reached a one-season deal for US$15.525 million while Davis and the Orioles agreed at US$10.35 million.

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday the short-term agreement with Scherzer, who won the 2013 Cy Young award as the American League's top pitcher, does not preclude a lengthier deal before opening day.

The National League's Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced their US$215 million, seven-year contract, a record for a pitcher and at US$30.7 million the highest average salary in baseball history.

Among the players still in arbitration, Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson asked for the most at US$11.8 million, with the Indians offering US$8.05 million. The US$3.75 million gap is the largest among the pending cases.

Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey had the second-highest request at US$11.6 million, with the Reds offering US$8.7 million.

Other large numbers were submitted by Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrell (US$9 million to the Braves' US$6.55 million), Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters (US$8.75 million to the Orioles US$6.5 million) and Washington pitcher Doug Fister (US$8.5 million to the Nationals' US$5.75 million).

San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner has the smallest gap among the remaining players, asking for US$125,000 more than the Padres' offer of US$2,275,000.

Among the settlements, Washington agreed to a US$24 million, two-year deal with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and a US$17.5 million, two-year contract with shortstop Ian Desmond.

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