Detroit Tigers issue statement regarding Max Scherzer extension
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):
Tigers Statement on Max Scherzer pic.twitter.com/kTUpgtO1ZV
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) March 23, 2014
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