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.”
None of the players given qualifying offers this season will accept, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
With the offseason officially upon us, we say goodbye to the 2014 teams that we loved and hated and to the players on those rosters. I say this because the free agency period begins on Tuesday and there are many, many big-time players and MVP caliber athletes who can make an impact wherever they sign and cause chaos to the team they leave.
“I think we probably made more of an effort to sign Max earlier in the year,” Dombrowski said, “so I don’t think your odds improve.”
The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are both in the ALCS, with unlikely sweeps in their respective ALDS matchups.
The 2014 contracts of Scherzer, Martinez, Hunter, Chamberlain and Coke total more than $45 million, according to Spotrac.
In his career, Cruz is 11 for 25 against Scherzer, giving him a .440 batting average against the Detroit ace.
“People can say what they want. I could really give two (expletive) to be honest with you. We know how good we are. At the end of the day, we’re going to go through bumps and bruises but everybody does. We know what we have and obviously we continue to do it and we’ve put ourselves in a good position.”
Detroit starter Max Scherzer was in a good mood on Sunday afternoon after his team clinched their 4th consecutive AL Central title.