DETROIT — Pitcher David Price and the Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with a record-setting deal.

Price agreed to a $19.75 million contract, the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration. It surpassed Max Scherzer’s $15,525,000 deal with Detroit last year.

The Tigers confirmed one-year contracts Friday with Price, right-hander Alfredo Simon and outfielder J.D. Martinez, avoiding arbitration with all three. Simon will make $5.55 million and Martinez will make $3 million.

Right-handed reliever Al Alburquerque is Detroit’s only player left in arbitration. He submitted a figure of $2.05 million and the team offered $1,375,000.

Detroit acquired Price in a deadline trade in July, and the move paid dividends when the lefty held Minnesota scoreless in a division-clinching victory on the final day of the regular season. Detroit won the AL Central for a fourth consecutive year.

Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, can become a free agent next offseason.

Price made $14 million last year, starting the season with Tampa Bay before being traded to the Tigers. He’s part of a star-studded rotation in Detroit that includes Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez, although the Tigers traded Rick Porcello this offseason and may lose Max Scherzer to free agency.

Price went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season, and he led the major leagues with 271 strikeouts. He also reached a career high with 2481/3 innings pitched.

The Tigers traded left-hander Drew Smyly and center fielder Austin Jackson in the move that brought Price to Detroit. It was an aggressive attempt to add another top pitcher to the staff, and the deal meant the Tigers would probably still have a solid rotation this year even if Scherzer ended up elsewhere.

Scherzer remains on the open market, and the Tigers have already shuffled their rotation a bit more. They acquired right-hander Shane Greene from the New York Yankees, and Simon was traded from Cincinnati to Detroit last month.

Price will be a big part of Detroit’s attempt to defend its spot atop the division, which looks increasingly tenuous after Kansas City went to the World Series as a wild card last year and the Chicago White Sox made some significant moves this offseason. Cleveland could also be a threat.

Martinez was another instrumental member of Detroit’s 2014 team, hitting .315 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI after the Tigers picked him up on a minor league deal. Simon went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA last season. Detroit acquired him from the Reds.

NINTY-THREE PLAYERS reached agreements on the busiest day of baseball’s offseason.

High-salaried pitchers now include: Washington’s Doug Fister ($11.4 million) and Stephen Strasburg ($7.4 million), San Diego’s Ian Kennedy ($9.85 million), and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox ($9.8 million).

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, with one game left on a 25-game suspension, got the largest deal among position players at $12 million. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, coming off season-ending elbow surgery in June, agreed at $8,275,000, and New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy at $8 million.

Of the 175 players who filed for arbitration on Tuesday, just 74 exchanged figures with their teams and only 56 were without agreements by Friday night.