All of the Winter Meetings were abuzz with the annual arrival of super-agent Scott Boras.
Scherzer’s agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that Scherzer declined a seven-year, $160 million contract offer from the Tigers sometime in the spring.
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.
Since the end of the season, Dombrowski has said Detroit’s odds of signing Scherzer declined precipitously when he became a free agent.
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.”
If the Detroit Tigers want to bring back starting pitcher Max Scherzer, they might have to outbid the New York Yankees to do so.
“We like Victor. We hope he remains with us,” Dombrowski said Tuesday at baseball’s general managers meetings. “We’ll see what happens.”