By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – On this week’s cover, Sports Illustrated asks the question baseball fans have been debating since news emerged that Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer turned down a monster contract extension from the Tigers.

“Max Scherzer has a Cy Young arm and a beautiful mind to match, but did he make a dumb wager on his future?”

The main headline — “Mad Max’s $144 Million Bet” — sums up the significance of the 2014 season for the man who in 2013 won 21 games, had the best WHIP in the American League, started the All-Star Game and ultimately won the Cy Young.

The Tigers reportedly offered Scherzer $144 million for six years, putting him at an average of $24 million per season, which would make Scherzer one of the highest-paid pitchers in baseball. He becomes a free agent after this season.

Through his first four starts of 2014, Scherzer is 1-1. He has an ERA of 2.33 and a WHIP of 0.963. So far, the gamble seems to be paying off.


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