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Storylines: Tigers, Scherzer put an end to extension talks

Storylines: Tigers, Scherzer put an end to extension talks
Reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer looks to be heading toward free agency at the end of the season. (Photo: CBS Sports)
March 24, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Sunday, March 23rd.

Top Stories

  • The Tigers released a statement saying that they had made a rather large contract extension offer to starter Max Scherzer, but the reigning Cy Young Award winner turned it down and the two sides have decided to put a halt to their contract discussions. Scherzer's agent Scott Boras told that it in fact was not Scherzer who declined an offer, but Detroit. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Boras told him that the two sides talked extensively and that there was a price point at which his client would have said yes. Morosi also tweeted that the Tigers' offer was for six years and $144 million.
  • David Ortiz and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract extension for the 2015 season. The deal will pay Ortiz $16 million in 2015 and also includes options for 2016 and 2017.
  • The Rangers announced that infielder Jurickson Profar will be out 10-12 weeks with a muscle tear in his shoulder. Profar,'s number one prospect heading into the 2013 season, was penciled in as the Rangers everyday second baseman for 2014, after Texas traded Ian Kinsler to Detroit this winter.

Tribe News

  • The Indians informed Aaron Harang that he will not be a member of the club's Opening Day starting rotation. Harang can opt out of his Minor League deal on Monday and elect free agency, but Cleveland has made it known to him that they would like to keep him in the organization. This now leaves Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, and Trevor Bauer as the remaining candidates for the final rotation spot.
  • Cleveland dropped their second Cactus League game in a row, falling to the Angels by a score of 5-2. Zach McAllister gave up three runs on six hits in his six innings of work. He also walked one and struck out three. The Tribe was held to only five hits, with Bryan LaHair and Elliot Johnson collecting two of them.

Others News and Notes

  • Jon Morosi of FOX Sports wrote that the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have begun talking about a contract extension. Morosi noted that the talks are in the preliminary stage at the moment and no deal appears imminent. Cabrera is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.
  • The Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval are also discussing a contract extension, and Sandoval's agent has told San Francisco that he wants at least five years and no less than $90 million.'s Andrew Baggarly reported that the Giants made Sandoval a three-year offer in the $40 million range and it was rejected immediately.
  • Catcher Ramon Hernandez will opt out of his contract with the Royals but will remain with the team to work out until another job comes his way.
  • Reliever Kyle Farnsworth has been released by the Mets, but Adam Rubin of tweeted that the club may look to re-sign him to a Minor League deal with an in-season opt out clause.
  • The Orioles have signed former Astros top prospect and first baseman Brett Wallace. Wallace, who was released by Houston earlier this month, will report to Minor League camp with Baltimore.
  • Catcher Yorvit Torrealba will opt out of his contract with the Angels and become a free agent. Los Angeles also granted veterans Carlos Pena and Chad Tracy their release.
  • Lefty reliever Jose Mijares will also opt out of his contract with the Red Sox, making him a free agent.
  • The White Sox released reliever Mitchell Boggs, and the Giants released utility infielder Tony Abreu.

User Comments

March 24, 2014 - 11:08 AM EDT
Already reported that news on Friday.;)
IBI doesn't report bad news on prospects?
March 24, 2014 - 11:06 AM EDT
No news on the retirement of Dillon Howard and Jake Sisco?
March 24, 2014 - 10:04 AM EDT
Rumors I've seen had the extension at 6yrs and $144M....seems insane to turn that down but Greinke got 6 years and $147M.

Scherzer will be a year older than Greinke was when he signed...and doesn't have as good a banner year, but if he has another year like 2013, would have two 6 win seasons (something Greinke never had). Reports indicate there was a price that if met Max would have signed....gotta wonder if he wanted more than Greinke got...
March 24, 2014 - 9:54 AM EDT
Boras never wanted Scherzer to sign extension with the Tigers. He wants to set up a bidding war for his services between the Dodgers, Yankees, Angels, Rangers and Red Sox for this upcoming off season.

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