Eligible for free agency in 2015, Max Scherzer appeared to be a candidate for a long-term extension with the Detroit Tigers earlier this off-season. At the moment there is little progress with those talks, and it sounds like the closer we get to Opening Day the less likely it is that Scherzer will ink a new deal this season.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reports the following:
Tigers and Max Scherzer are not close on extension, source says. Scherzer told reporters Opening Day is his deadline.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 21, 2014
Of course those self-imposed deadlines arbitrary, laid down mostly in the interests of “focusing on the season” and “not being a distraction.” That’s understandable and admirable on Scherzer’s part, but I also hardly believe it makes it impossible for the Tigers to send a $100 million-plus offer his way once the regular season is underway.
Coming off a 21-3 season and with the Tigers heavy favorites to reach the World Series once again, Scherzer avoided arbitration with a one-year deal earlier this off-season. An extension might not be in the works now, but there is still plenty of time for the two sides to find a way to stay together long term.