Porcello nearly received an All-Star bid last season on the heels of back-to-back complete-game shutouts.
For all Dombrowski’s insistence on characterizing Olney’s report as “inaccurate,” he still did not close the door on re-signing Scherzer. He has left that possibility open all offseason even as he has downplayed it.
Only Clayton Kershaw – significantly younger and significantly more productive – has commanded that kind of deal.
“There is not one thing that has changed from the Detroit Tigers perspective,” Dombrowski said.
“I’m kind of surprised being here at the Winter Meetings that you really haven’t heard about Scherzer.”
“I don’t bet against Dave Dombrowski ever, I believe that the Tigers can and will be the team to beat in the central this year but they have a little work to do this offseason.”
The Tigers could have a perfectly solid rotation for 2015, but the future looks a bit more murky.
“We’ll listen to anything … but we like having five real good, five solid starting pitchers,” Dombrowski said. “We’re content.”
It’s not often a general manager has to defend bringing back the runner-up in the MVP race, but Detroit’s Dave Dombrowski faced an obvious question after signing Victor Martinez to another four-year deal.
With four straight division titles to their credit — but no World Series championship since 1984 — the boldness is understandable.