The 38-year-old designated hitter has 431 major league homers and has made nine All-Star teams in 11 years with Boston.
Scherzer, Tigers break off contract talk
DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer is inching closer to free agency.
Both the Detroit Tigers and the star right-hander’s agent say negotiations on a new contract have stalled. Scherzer, the American League Cy Young Award winner, can test the open market after this season, and as opening day approaches that looks more and more probable.
Both sides have indicated an unwillingness to negotiate once the season starts, and the Tigers released a statement Sunday morning saying a recent offer to Scherzer was turned down.
“The Detroit Tigers have made a substantial, long-term contract extension offer to Max Scherzer that would have placed him among the highest-paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected,” the team said. “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.