The Detroit Tigers released their own little bit of news regarding ace starting pitcher and reigning Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer.
If this type of press release seems unusual, that’s because it is.
The team took the chance to say, in no uncertain terms, that these talks will not be re-opened (and with a veiled shot at Scherzer to boot). From the release:
"As we have reiterated, it has been the organization’s intent to extend Max’s contract and keep him in a Tigers uniform well beyond the 2014 season. While this offer would have accomplished that, the ballclub’s focus remains on the start of the upcoming season, and competing for a World Championship. Moving forward there will be no further in-season negotiation and the organization will refrain from commenting on this matter.”"
The talks never seemed to gain much momentum this off-season, with Opening Day set as an arbitrary deadline. Rosenthal believes that an extension was never likely.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! notes that it might not have been as much of a long shot as we thought.
Oh, to have the Tigers’ problems.
As for Scherzer, this now sets him up for a gigantic payday in free agency a year from now if he pitches anywhere near the level he reached during 2013.