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MLB: Tigers ace Max Scherzer will become top free agent after 2014 season

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Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer will become of the top free agents following the 2014 season. According to MLB.com on March 23, Scherzer and the Tigers were not able to agree on a contract extension for the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner.

The two sides have been working on the extension but have decided to end talks meaning that Scherzer’s 2014 season will be a contract year. In a statement released by the team on Sunday morning, the Tigers did make Scherzer a “substantial offer”, but once the offer that would’ve made Scherzer one of the “highest-paid pitcher in the game” was declined, both sides agreed to hold off talks for the rest of the spring.

Neither side got into details about the contract or the offer by the Tigers, but the deal would’ve placed Scherzer slightly below teammate and fellow ace Justin Verlander. Although they weren’t able to agree on a contract, Scherzer is still committed to competing at the highest level for the team.

“I don’t want to get into specifics about how negotiations went, because I feel like it’s a private matter. But I think they respect where I’m at, I respect where they’re at, and we’ll revisit this after the season,” Scherzer said. “This doesn’t change anything. I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There’s been a history in the past of the team signing free agents, so hopefully I’m part of that history as well.”

Max Scherzer is scheduled to make $15,525,000 this season. He will be one of the top sought after free agents following the2014 season if he is not able to work out a contract extension with the Detroit Tigers before the season comes to an end.

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