The Detroit Tigers and right-handed starting pitcher Max Scherzer are in what appears to be a temporary stalemate. The 2013 Cy Young winner avoided arbitration with the Tigers this offseason by agreeing to a one-year deal that was worth somewhere around $15 million, not bad for one season.
But Scherzer is trying to land himself a long-term contract extension from the Tigers, but has said before that he wasn’t going to worry about it during the 2014 season. Well earlier today, fellow FanSided writer Hayden Kane posted about a report claiming Max Scherzer turning down an offer from the Tigers.
Now according to Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras who spoke to ESPN.com, the Tigers are the ones who rejected the contract offer, not the other way around.
That statement by Scott Boras has officially made things interesting. It could possibly force Detroit’s hand in offering either a better deal or accepting the one that was offered in the first place.
Apparently the offer that was turned down was for $24 million annually. That’s a whole lot of cheddar for one season, especially for throwing a baseball. But when you’re one of the best pitchers (best in the American League), then I guess you deserve that kind of money.
More information about this stalemate should surface over the next couple of days.