Detroit Tigers issue statement regarding Max Scherzer extension

  • David Whitlock

Teams around Major League Baseball are closely watching how the Detroit Tigers proceed with negotiations with 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.  As he enters the final year of his current deal, it looks like they’ll have to wait until the season’s conclusion to see if he might be available, and how much his deal sets as a bar for other free agent pitchers.  Via the “official Twitter account of the Detroit Tigers Media Relations Department,” the team has declared that they will not be negotiating or commenting now that the 2014 season is afoot (via @DetroitTigersPR):

The 29-year-old will make $15.5M this season, and will be on the open market for 2015.  The deal the team offered was called “substantial” but Scherzer and his camp appear to be prepared to wait until seasons end.  Injury or poor performance could hurt his value, however the up-side could be much greater with another Cy Young caliber season.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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