Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens next week.
Writer Jon Heyman lists twenty winners and has Max Scherzer and his agent Scott Boras 3.
“I like our ball club,” Dombrowski said, “and if we can get there, I like our chances.”
“I think the game is doing well,” Verlander said, “and you see that reflected in player salaries and also what the owners are taking in.”
“We’re going to miss those guys and those personalities,” Ausmus said, “but I’m not worried about there being a problem in the clubhouse.”
Scherzer’s deal counts as $28,689,376 annually for purposes of baseball’s luxury tax.
In his introductory press conference, Scherzer acknowledged even he was staggered by the amount of the deal.
Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid him $144 million from 2015-20.
He turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid him $144 million from 2015-20.
No one knows how long Shields can pitch the way he has the past four years, but his track record and Detroit’s need make him worth a look.