Max Scherzer and the Tigers are headed for an arbitration hearing next week -- the starting pitcher wants $7.4 million, the team is offering $6.05 million, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heymann.

No player has gotten to a hearing during Dave Dombrowski's 12-year tenure, and it's possible none will this year. Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, and the Tigers still could settle for the formal hearing next week.

Yet whatever number the sides agree on, this much is certain: The Tigers will be signing a top-flight pitcher who would be an ace on a number of teams.

"I would say he would be," said pitching coach Jeff Jones, who spoke about his pitcher during the team's winter caravan. "He's come a long way."