By Ashley Dunkak
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher and Cy Young winner Max Scherzer could stay in Detroit after all, according to ESPN.
Because Scherzer becomes a free agent in 2014 and his agent Scott Boras is known for negotiating huge free-agent deals and sending players to the highest bidder, the prevalent speculation has been that the Tigers will trade Scherzer before next season to get players in return rather than lose him in free agency.
Boras, however, said to ESPN that Scherzer could sign a multi-year extension with the Tigers in the coming months if Detroit offers one rather than enter free agency after the 2014 season.
“They know Max likes it there,” Boras said. “We would have to sit down and talk about their plans for the future. But when you have a player who likes playing where he’s playing and an ownership that has been what Mike Ilitch has been in Detroit, it’s certainly something we would listen to.”
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, who talked with reporters at the general managers meetings, also seemed open to the idea but noncommittal.
“We like Max, and he likes Detroit,” Dombrowski said to ESPN. “We’ll see what happens.”