Max Scherzer, the reigning Cy Young award winner in the American League, and the Detroit Tigers have tabled their ongoing contract extension talks until the season ends after the two parties were unable to come to an agreement.
“I don’t want to get into specifics about how negotiations went, because I feel like it’s a private matter,” Scherzer tells MLB.com. “But I think they respect where I’m at, I respect where they’re at, and we’ll revisit this after the season.
Scherzer turned down an extension that would have made him one of the top six highest-paid pitchers in baseball, according to Jayson Stark, but Scherzer is going to roll the dice and bet on himself that he can replicate the 21-3 mark he posted a season ago and see what is in store for him in the offseason, but he hopes to remain in Detroit.
“It just didn’t get done now,” Scherzer said. “We felt like we should revisit this after the season, that would be best. I’ve said it, I’ll keep saying it, I want to be in Detroit. I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I really enjoy the clubhouse and everyone that’s involved. I know we have a great team here, so I’m not saying the grass is greener on the other side. But at the end of the day, I want to play this out and continue to go forward and see what happens after 2014.”
If he does hit the free agent market you can expect Scherzer to be in high demand this winter and to command $25 million per season.