Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers unlikely to get extension done this spring

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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:

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.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer

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  • Darby Doolittle

    He’s made it clear he won’t do an extension during the season. So it’s before opening day or next offseason with competition for him. I’d like to see us move him at deadline for something instead of losing him at the end of the season for nothin

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