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January 18, 2014

Sports briefs, Jan. 18

Thatcher signs deal with Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Kokomo native Joe Thatcher avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the club announced Friday. The deal is reportedly worth $2.375 million, according to azsnakepit.com.

Thatcher was traded from San Diego to Arizona during the 2013 season. Combined between both clubs, the left-handed relief pitcher appeared in a career-high 72 games, amassing a 3-2 record and 3.20 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.

In seven seasons, Thatcher has an ERA of 3.34 with 217 strikeouts against 75 walks in 207 2/3 innings.

Scherzer, Tigers agree at $15,525,000

DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer agreed to a one-year contract that leaves his future with the Detroit Tigers as uncertain as ever.

The AL Cy Young Award winner’s deal for 2014 is worth $15,525,000, and it enables Scherzer and the Tigers to avoid arbitration with the right-hander’s free agency still looming less than a year away.

Scherzer could have an even bigger payday coming soon — one way or another. He is eligible to go on the market after the season, although the Tigers would love to sign a long-term contract with him.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday this one-year agreement doesn’t necessarily preclude a lengthier deal before opening day.

The 29-year-old Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts last season, and the Tigers advanced to the AL championship series against Boston. He made $6,725,000 last year, and another stellar season could put the right-hander in position for a contract similar to those of teammate Justin Verlander ($180 million for seven years) and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez ($175 million for seven) or even the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ($215 million for seven).

IUK basketball team turns back Brescia

The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team beat visiting Brescia University 78-71 Thursday night in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

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