Report: Tigers Not Optimistic About Signing Scherzer But Not Trading Him

By Ashley Dunkak

DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – After Max Scherzer started the All-Star Game, won 21 games with a 2.90 ERA and received the Cy Young Award in 2013,  the Detroit Tigers hoped to sign him to an extension this off-season.

It looks now like that deal is not going to happen and that Scherzer will go ahead and enter free agency in 2015 after spending next season with the Tigers.

Since Scherzer’s agent is Scott Boras, who has a long history of getting his clients massive contracts in free agency, many thought it unlikely that the Tigers and Scherzer would do a deal now rather than having Scherzer test the market in 2015.

With the accomplishments Scherzer added to his resume in 2013, the pitcher could command big, big money.

An MLB Trade Rumors projection model shows Scherzer will command $13.6 million in arbitration, and the price for Scherzer with multiple teams bidding would probably be even higher, particularly if his 2014 performance is anything like his 2013 season.

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