January 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tom Gage

Settlement coming for Tigers' Alex Avila?

Alex Avila hit .227 with a .317 on-base percentage in 2013. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Gageís 140 (words, not characters):

Are you surprised the Tigers and Alex Avila were far apart on their arbitration numbers?

Yeah, I was, too.

Avilaís situation didnít get much attention because of the larger amount involving pitcher Max Scherzer, who signed for $15.525 million.

But the Tigers catcher, who is the son of the teamís assistant general manager, was their only arbitration-eligible player who didnít reach an agreement.

The Tigers offered $3.75 million, Avila countered at $5.35 million. Thatís not particularly close.

I donít blame Avila for being stubborn. Austin Jackson has the about the same amount of major-league experience, but as the bigger offensive contributor, Jackson settled at $6 million.

The math is simple: After not having the best of years, Avila is being offered a 27 percent raise.

But Jackson, also so-so, received a 71 percent hike.

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