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Feb 18, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer during a team practice at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Max Scherzer looking for 8-year deal from Tigers

The Tigers were close, but it was apparently a matter of contract length and not money that kept Scherzer from accepting their contract offer.

Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reports that Max Scherzer was looking for an 8-year deal from Detroit. The Tigers had offered the 2013 Cy Young winner a 6-year deal for $144 million.

Scherzer, slated to be a free agent at the end of this season, would have been signed through 2022 under his terms. Teammate Justin Verlander is signed with the Tigers through 2019 with an option for 2020. The 6-year, $144 million deal would have placed Scherzer on the list of highest paid pitchers, below the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, Verlander, and of course, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.

It is reported that the Tigers made an offer that they felt was fair, as compared to Scherzer’s entire body of work, not just for his 2013 Cy Young year. Scherzer is expected to test the open market, and neither side will be discussing a contract extension until the 2014 season is over.

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