What's so important about not to going to an arbitration hearing with a player?
The Tigers — again —avoided all such hearings this offseason when they signed the lone remaining arbitration-eligible player, pitcher Max Scherzer, on Monday.
"I think it's extremely important," said John Westhoff, vice president in charge of negotiations for the Tigers. "We have a good record of signing players to extensions and I think a big part is because they feel we treat them right."
In other words, don't quibble now and they might not quibble later.
In any case, what it took with Scherzer was the mid-point — not a dollar more or less.
The Tigers signed the right-hander for $6.725 million, splitting the difference between the $6.05 million they initially offered and the $7.4 million he was seeking.
With the agreement, the Tigers kept their record in tact of not having to go a hearing with any player since Dave Dombrowski took over as president and general manager following the 2001 season.
Faced with more cases than ever, the Tigers signed six players before the deadline to exchange numbers Jan 18. Those signing at that point were pitchers Rick Porcello, Phil Coke, Doug Fister, catcher Alex Avila and outfielders Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch.
At the time, Westhoff called himself an "eternal optimist," saying he was hoping to avoid a hearing with Scherzer as well.
And while it went as far as a hearing being scheduled — close to the end of the Feb. 1-20 window — it was avoided.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130204/SPORTS0104/302040418#ixzz2K2HmMkwB
Tigers sign pitcher Max Scherzer, avoid arbitration
Detroit News | Feb 5