Max Scherzer trade rumors are just getting started for the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have to deal with Scherzer turning down a huge contract offer and trade rumors are just something that comes with the territory. According to a report from late Sunday (March 23) on USA Today, the Cy Young Award winning pitcher doesn't want fans of the team to worry just yet.
Speaking about the breakdown in negotiations with the team, he stated, "I'm here to win. I'm here to try to get a ring for Mr. I. If I had a contract, it's not going to make me pitch better; not having a contract is not going to make me pitch worse." Reading between the lines, it appears that he is trying to assure fans that he will acting professionally in the final contract year he has with the team. It also might not read as reassuring that he will definitely be back with the franchise.
There has been debate in the press between the front office of the team and agent Scott Boras about what caused negotiations to break down. Boras claims that the team rejected a contract extension that he offered. According to a report from SB Nation, he stated, "Max Scherzer made a substantial long-term contract extension offer to the Detroit Tigers that would have placed him among the highest-paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected by Detroit. Max is very happy with the city of Detroit, the fans and his teammates, and we will continue negotiating with the Tigers at season's end.''
It had been stated that the All-Star pitcher was offered just under $25 million per season for the next seven years. If it is true that he turned down a deal of that magnitude, it should not be surprising to anyone that the Max Scherzer trade rumors have surfaced. If the team does not feel that they can afford to pay more than that per season, there could be a blockbuster deal on the horizon. It would be a huge risk to allow one of the better pitchers in Major League Baseball to get to free agency, so the Detroit Tigers might want to start seeing what the market is like.
This offseason alone, the team has dealt away Doug Fister and Prince Fielder, showing they will not be shy about pulling the trigger on another big deal.