Max Scherzer seeking 8-year deal
DETROIT, MI (The Spread) –According to latest reports, Max Scherzer wants an eight-year deal from the Detroit Tigers.
Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM is the one that is reporting that Scherzer is seeking a deal in the eight-year range. The Tigers reportedly offered the 29-year-old a six-year, $144 million deal but the two sides cut off talks once Scherzer rejected the offer. Talks aren’t expected to reopen until the end of the 2014 season.
Whether it’s in Detroit or elsewhere, Scherzer will cash in at some point assuming he doesn’t get injured. He won the American League Cy Young Award last season after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA. One would assume that he’s seemingly a deal that would put him close to the contract that Justin Verlander received (seven years, $180 million) from Detroit in 2013.
On Sunday the Tigers announced that Scherzer rejected a “substantial, long-term contract offer” that “would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball.” The deal was for at least $24 million annually, which would have made him one of the highest paid pitchers in all of baseball. Boras then responded to the Tigers’ announcement by stating that Detroit was the one to rejected Scherzer’s offer. Either way, talks have broken down and Scherzer will head into free agency next winter.
According to oddsmakers from BetDSI, the Tigers are currently 9/1 to win the 2014 World Series, which give them the third-best odds after the Dodgers (13/2) and the Cardinals (15/2). The Tigers are also 4/1 to win the American League Pennant.