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Max Scherzer would like a long-term extension from Tigers

Feb 13, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

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Justin Verlander is already being asked about free agency, but rotation-mate Max Scherzer, who like Verlander is under the Tigers’ control through 2014, said yesterday that he’d like to sign a long-term extension:

My preference is I love Detroit. I love the city. I love being part of this organization. I love being part of this organization because of the winning atmosphere that comes from the owner that goes down to the GM, that goes down to management, that goes down to everybody.

Not every organization has that, and to be part of an organization that’s all about winning, it’s something you want to be a part of. And so, if they would want to include me in their long-term plans, I want to be a part of it because of the atmosphere and culture here in Detroit.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers “brought up the possibility of a long-term contract” before avoiding arbitration for this season with a one-year, $6.725 million deal. Scherzer is a Scott Boras client and they tend not to pass up free agency, although Jered Weaver is a prominent recent example of a top-notch pitcher who did with a very team-friendly deal.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I hope he has a stellar year this season and they sign that extension. Go Tigers!

  2. gosuhgo - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Hey I want him to get a long-term deal too. Tigs are going to go broke trying to pay JV, Fister, Sanchez, and Scherzer but I’ll be damned if we don’t have the best pitching staff in the AL.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Here’s weaver’s deal was the only one I can remember to be really team friendly and Thats why I love the guy…good guy all around

  4. paperlions - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    …and when Scherzer says, “I love being part of this organization because of the winning atmosphere that comes from the owner that goes down to the GM, that goes down to management, that goes down to everybody. Not every organization has that”, the former Arizona Diamondback knows of what he speaks.

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