Tigers tender contracts to 7 arbitration-eligible players

David Maxwell

A new contract for Brennan Boesch will slow trade rumors, for now.

The American League-champion Detroit Tigers announced on Friday that the team offered contracts to each of the seven arbitration-eligible players on roster.

Brennan Boesch, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Doug Fister, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila and Phil Coke were the seven recipients of the contracts, after the other two arbitration-eligible players on roster were released earlier in the offseason. With Don Kelly and Ryan Raburn no longer on the roster, the Tigers ensured that many starters, including Boesch stuck on the roster.

Following the signing of Torii Hunter, Boesch became the subject of trade rumors, but will now stick on the roster for a little while longer following the new contract. In 132 games for the Tigers in 2012, Boesch had a career-worst .240 batting average and career-most 104 strikeouts.

Among the other players is Scherzer, a right-hander who finished with a 16-7 for the Tigers in 2012. Only Justin Verlander threw more innings than Scherzer during the year.

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