The biggest news in the baseball world on Sunday was Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers breaking off contract discussions until after the season after the team and the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner could not come to terms on an extension.
“It was a very substantial offer that would place him among the highest-paid pitchers in the game. … We probably negotiated more and gave some things that we thought would get deals done that didn’t get it done,” Detroit president/general manager Dave Dombrowski tells MLB.com.
The financial terms aren’t available, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported, “the deal would have placed Scherzer among baseball’s six highest-paid pitchers in terms of average annual salary, but slightly lower than teammate Justin Verlander. That would put the average value of the offer between $24 and $25.7 million per year, or $144-$154 million total over a potential six-year offer.”
If Scherzer, 29, and the Tigers are unable to come to an agreement on an extension after the season, he would have no shortage of suitors, especially if he replicated the 21-3 mark he posted in his Cy Young season.