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Max Scherzer and the Tigers clear the air

Mar 28, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Last weekend the Tigers took the unusual step of calling out Max Scherzer — however implicitly — as being greedy when they announced that he has rejected the team’s offer of a contract extension. That sort of thing turns fans against a player and can put a player on the defensive.

According to the Detroit Free Press, however, Scherzer and the Tigers had a meeting to clear the air:

“[GM Dave Dombrowski] told me he wanted to make sure he conveyed to fans that he was doing his job and he could see how some things put me in a negative context,” Scherzer said after his final spring-training start today. “That wasn’t his intent, but that’s just how it came across. He apologized for that.”

Scherzer got a big ovation from fans at his last spring training game too. And now that Miguel Cabrera‘s massive contract extension has blown Scherzer off the front page, the issue is likely settled.

  1. sdelmonte - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Nonetheless, Scherzer should have gotten his contract ahead of Miggy.

    • paperlions - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      He could have. He said, “no, thanks”.

      While I don’t like the length of the Cabrera deal, he has a long track record of greatness to other worldliness, Max has had a couple of very good seasons and 1 great season….plus, he’s a pitcher, and pitcher’s break much more often than position players…making long-term deals for them very risky for the team.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        He’s also poised to be the single good front-line starting pitcher available in the off-season and if he performs well this season is in line to be a top 5 pitcher anyways.

      • paperlions - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Yep, he’s the steak.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        He’s the steak in a world of lettuce.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        And he thinks he’s a V-steak instead of a Sanchez one. I guess we’ll see if diners agree.

        (I suppressed a joke about rare steaks. You’re welcome.)

      • paperlions - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        If he was 22, he might be rare, but he’s 30, that’s more medium-well.

      • moogro - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        He is the steak, but ice cream is his vice.

    • tysonpunchinguterus - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      The team reportedly offered him $24 million per year for 6 years. He turned it down. I can’t really blame the Tigers for the deal not getting done. The statement after talks broke down? 100% the GM’s fault (unless he was “asked” by the owner to do it).

    • gigab0t - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Scherzer could have! NO one was talking about Miggy’s extension (2 years out!) before Scherzer said no.

      Literally, same day:

      “SCHERZER, TIGERS END EXTENSION TALKS”

      4 hours later:

      “TIGERS OPEN EXTENSION TALKS WITH MIGGY”

      • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        DD is a shrewd man. It’s nice that he apologized to Max. It’s unfortunate that Max did not make a public statement about wanting to stay in Detroit. I take this to mean they are now frenemies.

  2. weaselpuppy - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    The issue is this- risk, if you think the following is reasonable-

    He was offered( if we believe the rumors) 6/$144MM or $24MM/yr.

    Upside risk of leaving money on the table with another great year…$4MM a year? JV at $28MM a year, Kershaw at 30. Max is not either of those guys and IMO won’t get more than JV. The offer he had in hand was one made to Hamels when he was a much younger pitcher, 2 years ago, so it’s not “stale”…

    Downside risk- He pitches like Max 2010-12 and puts up 16 wins a 3.8 ERA and 200Ks. Contract AAV? $20/MM a year. Injury- He doesn’t get anything near $20MM AAV or 6 years.

    Being 30, he’s not going to find a 8 year deal as rumored Boras asked for. Those went out with Kevin Brown and MIke Hampton. If Kershaw and King Felix could only get 7, Max isn’t getting 8. Or 7 probably.

    6/144 is a terrific contract for a guy that has one great season under his belt. It’s likely too much…to turn that down and then ask for 8 years ( and likely $200MM) is taking on to much risk for too little reward.

    • seventeenmillion - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      you using big words that i dont understand. Imma take that as a sign of disrespect.

      • gmfw7 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        ever heard of rolling 20s??

  3. darthicarus - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    It’s sad a statement had to be made by Scherzer stating this. I would think most should understand why Dombrowski made his statement – inform fans/media that the team tried their best to re-sign Max but the two sides weren’t able to reach an agreement. Perhaps different wording could have been made but the intent was understood.

    Also, I have a feeling that Dombrowski is a smart enough person to be able to concurrently handle negotiations with two players – Cabrera liked his deal & Scherzer didn’t.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Yes, which is how you know DD was making a point by starting negotiations with Miggy.

  4. pilonflats - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    tigers should not have let their offer go public

  5. irishtiger17 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    How anyone could criticize Cabrera’s contract is beyond me. I realize fans want us to sign him for next to nothing. We learned our lesson with Boros on Scherzer. We got our priority out of the way. Scherzer (and Boros) should have accepted this contract. What magnifies the critical part of this more is seeing Doug Fister in a Nationals uniform. BIG MISTAKE unless we’re planning on signing a free agent starter. Glad we have Miggy now. Money talk$ people!

  6. zxlaa - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Too much money for a pitcher who has had ONE GOOD YEAR.

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