Report: Scherzer rejected 6-year, $144-million deal from Tigers

Mar 23, 5:52 PM

The Detroit Tigers tried to lock up their reigning Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer, but the offer reportedly wasn't good enough. 

The 29-year-old went 21-3 last season, posting a 2.90 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 214 1/3 innings. 

Scherzer, who is set to earn $15.525 million this season, would have become the sixth-highest paid pitcher in baseball had he accepted the Tigers' offer. 

Mar 27, 5:48 PM

Tigers GM on meeting with Scherzer: 'You could feel the tension'

Mar 27, 5:48 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski met Thursday with right-hander Max Scherzer to diffuse tension that surfaced after the two parties were unable to broker a long-term extension, reports Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

According to reports, Scherzer, a free agent after the 2014 season, rejected a six-year, $144-million offer from the Tigers earlier this week. The club subsequently issued a press release which stated that negotiations would not continue into the regular season:

The Detroit Tigers have made a substantial, long-term contract extension offer to Max Scherzer that would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected. As we have reiterated, it has been the organization’s intent to extend Max’s contract and keep him in a Tigers uniform well beyond the 2014 season. While this offer would have accomplished that, the ballclub’s focus remains on the start of the upcoming season, and competing for a World Championship. Moving forward there will be no further in-season negotiation and the organization will refrain from commenting on this matter.

According to Rosenthal, Scherzer was irked by the club's decision to issue the release, prompting Dombrowski to arrange a meeting.

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Mar 23, 12:42 PM

Scherzer rejects offer from Tigers, reportedly worth $24M yearly

Mar 23, 12:42 PM

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The Detroit Tigers were unable to come to terms on a contract extension with starter Max Scherzer, despite reports that the team tabled an offer that would put the reigning Cy Young winner among the highest-paid pitchers in all of baseball. 

ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that the Tigers offered Scherzer a deal lower than the $25.7 million per year that was given to fellow Tiger Justin Verlander, but a figure that would have placed Scherzer among the six highest-paid pitchers in the league. 

Taking a look at the salaries of the top six pitchers, that means the Tigers made Scherzer an offer worth at least $24 million per year. 

PitcherYearly Salary
Clayton Kershaw$30.7M
Justin Verlander$25.7M
Felix Hernandez$25.0M
Zack Greinke $24.5M
CC Sabathia$24.4M
Cliff Lee$24.0M

Scherzer avoided arbitration with the Tigers by agreeing to a one-year, $15.5 million deal. He is eligible to become a free agent after this season.

Mar 23, 9:06 AM

Tigers fail to reach extension agreement with Scherzer

Mar 23, 9:06 AM

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Reigning American League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer failed to reach an extension agreement with the Detroit Tigers this off-season, and both sides will now wait for the 2014 season to play out before getting back to the bargaining table. 

Scherzer has enjoyed a fruitful ascension and now ranks among the elite arms in the AL. The productive Tigers pitcher has struck out more than 230 hitters in each of the last two seasons. He also dropped nearly a full run off his ERA in 2013, on the way to earning 21 wins and his first Cy Young Award. 

Scherzer's camp had stated that they do not plan on negotiating during the season, meaning with just over week to go until Opening Day, Scherzer will add another full season of material to his resume when negotiating for an extension. He is eligible to enter free agency after the coming season. 

The Tigers released a statement regarding the negotiations. 

The Detroit Tigers have made a substantial, long-term contract extension offer to Max Scherzer that would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected. As we have reiterated, it has been the organization's intent to extend Max's contract and keep him in a Tigers uniform well beyond the 2014 season. While this offer would have accomplished that, the ballclub's focus remains on the start of the upcoming season, and competing for a World Championship. Moving forward there will be no further in-season negotiation and the organization with refrain from commenting on this matter.

Feb 22, 9:51 AM

Report: Tigers, Scherzer not close to extension

Feb 22, 9:51 AM

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The Tigers have reportedly made negligible progress in extension talks with right-hander Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, and the club has just a few weeks left to broker a deal, according to Fox' Sports Jon Morosi.

Scherzer, who recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15.53-million, stated earlier this offseason that he "love[s] being part of the Tigers." However, the 29-year-old isn't prepared to discuss an extension once the regular season begins, and will become a free agent after the 2014 campaign.

Jan 23, 9:29 PM

Scherzer loves being a Tiger but won't talk contract extension during the season

Jan 23, 9:29 PM

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Max Scherzer's a year away from free agency, after he and the Tigers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $15.25-million contract for 2014 last week, and while Scherzer would love to remain a Tiger, he's intrigued by the prospect of hitting the open market, writes MLive.com's Chris Iott. 

Scherzer, 29, said about a future in Detroit: 

"This is the place I want to be. I'm comfortable here. I love being part of the Tigers. Hopefully we can get something done before spring training. Otherwise, I'm confident after the season that we can completely resolve it."

He said about hitting the market:

"That's everybody's strategy. Every player wants to be a free agent. At the same time, you realize we've got a good thing here in Detroit. We've got a great team, great teammates, so much talent and a chance to win it all. For me, this is the place I want to be.

"Going forward, that's why I'm hopeful we can come to terms on what we can do in the future. If it doesn't happen in the near term, I'm sure we can get something done in the offseason."

Scherzer twice referenced the offseason with respect to signing a new contract. He won't talk contract during the season -- "absolutely not." 

Scott Boras is Scherzer's agent. Most Boras clients hit the market. It's the Boras way. And Scherzer is coming off a season in which he won 21 games, had a 2.90 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, and struck out 240 in 214 1/3 innings. He's in line for a massive payday, easily the biggest of his career. 

Scherzer would love to get something done in spring training, that way his contract would be out of the way. "If not, I'm sure after the season in November, we can resolve it, finish it and never talk about it again," he said.

We get it, Mr. Scherzer. There's a deadline. 

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said:

"I would not characterize our discussion as strong, weak, anything other than we are hopeful that we'd like to have him in the organization for an extended time. I know he has expressed a desire that he'd like to stay here. Hopefully, that leads to a position where something can happen, but I don't know how strong. I don't have any idea."

Scherzer's accumulated 17.4 Wins Above Replacement since 2010, his first season with the Tigers, which ranks fourth in the American League. Only his teammate Justin Verlander, Seattle's Felix Hernandez, and the Yankees' CC Sabathia have been worth more wins to their team.

Scherzer has a 3.62 ERA and 3.45 FIP over that span, in 792 2/3 innings, and has struck out 9.41 per nine innings. Only Yu Darvish, Chris Sale, and Brandon Morrow have a higher strikeout rate among AL starters since 2010, but Scherzer's thrown almost 400 more innings than Darvish, and almost 300 innings than Sale and Morrow. 

Scherzer's legit. If he remains a Tiger, he'll join Miguel Cabrera and Verlander as Detroit's $20-million men in 2015. 

Jan 18, 7:49 AM

Tigers, Scherzer avoid arbitration with one-year, $15.525-million deal

Jan 18, 7:49 AM

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The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Max Scherzer avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to a one deal worth $15.525 million. 

General Manager Dave Dombrowski didn't discount the idea of a long term contract being worked out before the start of the 2014 season.

"We still have that desire," Dombrowski said.

Last season, Scherzer, who pulled in a $6.725 million salary, recorded a 21-3 record, with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings.

Jan 17, 3:31 PM

Report: Tigers, Scherzer avoid arbitration with one-year, $15.525-million deal

Jan 17, 3:31 PM

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Though the Tigers weren't able to broker a long-term extension with right-hander Max Scherzer, the club reportedly managed to avoid arbitration with the reigning Cy Young award winner, agreeing to a one-year, $15.525-million deal on Friday, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Scherzer, who arguably usurped Justin Verlander as Detroit's ace last season, will become a free agent after the 2014 campaign.  The 29-year-old hurler crafted a career-best 2.90 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP over 32 starts in 2013, averaging a whopping 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings en route to his first career Cy Young award. 

Dec 11, 8:21 AM

Report: Tigers not optimistic about Scherzer extension

Dec 11, 8:21 AM

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The Detroit Tigers maintained Wednesday that the club wants to keep AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer around.

Although the team gained a sliver of financial flexibility after trading Prince Fielder (+ monster contract) to the Texas Rangers in November, there's no optimism for a Scherzer extension, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Nov 21, 12:08 AM

Tigers GM on Scherzer: 'He's a player we'd like to keep in our organization'

Nov 21, 12:08 AM

Dave Dombrowski addressed media to talk about his lightning-fast transaction with Jon Daniels, sending Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler Wednesday.

Though the deal doesn't free up all of the money in the world, it does give the Tigers the kind of financial freedom they'll need to lock up certain important pieces.

Max, as in, Scherzer: 21-3, 2.90 ERA in 32 starts this past season over 214 1/3 innings with 240 strikeouts and an 0.97 WHIP.