Ace pitcher Max Scherzer avoided arbitration shortly before Friday's deadline by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for the 2014 season.
No financial details were revealed by the club but media reports estimated the deal to be worth $15.525 million.
Scherzer, the American League's Cy Young Award winner last year, will become a free agent after his 2014 campaign and the Tigers hope to lock him into a long-term deal.
The 29-year-old earned $6.725 million in a breakout season in 2013 when he compiled a 21-3 record with a 2.90 earned run average and 240 strikeouts.
Scherzer led the American League with 21 wins and an .875 winning percentage and helped his team reach the AL championship series where they lost in six games
The Tigers also along agreed to one-year deals with right-hander Rick Porcello, reliever Al Alburquerque and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson. Porcello will make $8.5 million, Alburquerque will make $837,500, Dirks will make $1.625 million and Jackson will make $6 million.
BRAVES SIGN MINOR
The Atlanta Braves and starting pitcher Mike Minor reached agreement on a one-year, $3.85 million deal that will keep him from going to arbitration, MLB.com reported Friday.
Minor, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time, gets a significant pay hike over the $505,000 he made last season.
The 26-year-old left-hander started 32 games in 2013 for the Braves and posted a 13-9 record with a 3.21 ERA in 204 2/3 innings. He walked 46 batters and had 181 strikeouts. The 13 wins were a career best.
With Minor under contract, Braves players still eligible for arbitration are pitcher Craig Kimbrel, first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Heyward.
DODGERS MAKE IT OFFICIAL
The Los Angeles Dodgers have locked up pitching ace Clayton Kershaw to a lengthy contract that is reportedly the richest ever for a pitcher.
Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, has signed a seven-year contract, the Dodgers confirmed Friday.
Though no financial details were disclosed by the club, the deal has been widely reported to be worth a record-breaking $215 million, making left-hander Kershaw the highest paid pitcher ever. His contract eclipses the $180 million five-year deal signed by Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in March.
"There has been a lot of attention about this being the biggest contract for a pitcher in baseball," Dodgers president Stan Kasten said. "That is the case, and if someone should have that contract, it should be the best pitcher in baseball, which is what we regard Clayton as."
YANKEES SIGN GARDNER
The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with four players, including outfielder Brett Gardner and three pitchers, by signing them to one-year contracts Friday.
Besides Gardner, the Yankees signed right-handers Shawn Kelley, Ivan Nova and David Robertson.
The Yankees also gave outfielder Vernon Wells his unconditional release.
Gardner, 30, will earn $5.6 million, according to the New York Post. He hit .273 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 145 games last season and figures to be a starting outfielder for the Yankees next season.
Robertson, 28, will get $5.215 million, according to the Post report. He is expected to succeed Mariano Rivera as the team's closer. Robertson was 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA and three saves in 70 relief appearances in 2013.
Kelley, 27, will receive $1.765 million after going 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 57 relief appearances last season.
Nova, 27, will get $3.3 million. He went 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 23 games, including 20 starts, last season for the Yankees.
BECKHAM BACK WITH SOX
The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on one-year contracts with infielder Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza.
By agreeing to the deals, the players avoided salary arbitration.
Beckham receives $4.175 million in base salary this year, while De Aza gets $4.25 million.
Beckham, 27, hit .267 with five home runs and 24 RBIs over 103 games in 2013, his fifth with the White Sox.
De Aza, 29, hit .264 with 17 home runs, 62 RBIs, 84 runs scored and 20 stolen bases over 153 games last year, his fourth in the White Sox organization. He established career highs in hits, home runs, RBIs, runs scored and games.
The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to contracts for this season with all six of their salary arbitration-eligible players Friday. Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, outfielder Matt Joyce, catcher Jose Lobaton, left-handed pitcher Jake McGee, left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos and infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez each agreed to terms ... The San Diego Padres and right-hander Ian Kennedy agreed on a one-year, $6.1 million contract, CBSSports.com reported ... The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Ernesto Frieri agreed on a one-year, $3.8 million deal, MLB.com reported ... The Chicago Cubs and 28-year-old reliever Pedro Strop agreed on a one-year deal worth $1.325 million, the Chicago Sun Times reported.