Max Scherzer SP DET 24 Days

The Tigers announced Sunday morning that Max Scherzer rejected a "substantial, long-term contract offer" that "would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball" and extension talks have broken off.

It's rather odd that the Tigers felt compelled to announce the development in this way, but the end result shouldn't surprise anyone after the reigning American League Cy Young winner made clear over the winter that his negotiation deadline was Opening Day. Scherzer will be able to name his price next winter if he can produce a reasonable facsimile to last season's 21-3 record, 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts. Scherzer's camp surely asked Detroit for an offer that would have easily topped Homer Bailey's recent six-year, $105 million deal. "Moving forward," Detroit's statement on the matter closes, "there will be no further in-season negotiations and the organization will refrain from commenting on this matter."

Max Scherzer SP DET 27 Days

Max Scherzer surrendered five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday versus the Nationals.

Scherzer's ERA jumped even though he ended the game with eight strikeouts and no walks allowed. He's still having a nice spring with a 3-2 record, a 4.05 ERA and a 24/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.

Max Scherzer SP DET 1 Month

Max Scherzer pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out five Monday against the Cardinals.

Scherzer has cruised in his three spring outings, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out 10 in 9 2/3 innings. No red flags here.

Max Scherzer SP DET 1 Month

Reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer struck out three in three innings and combined with five relievers on a shutout of the Astros on Wednesday.

Scherzer allowed one hit and walked none. The homer he gave up to Brian McCann last time out is the only run he's given up in five innings this spring.

Max Scherzer SP DET 2 Months

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Max Scherzer are "not close" to a contract extension.

The two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $15.525 million deal last month, but Scherzer is still set to hit free agency after the season. The reigning American League Cy Young winner has set a negotiating deadline of Opening Day, as he is not willing to discuss an extension during the season. Scherzer will surely be able to easily top Homer Bailey's recent six-year, $105 million deal.

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Max Scherzer hopes to work out a contract extension with the Tigers.

The reigning AL Cy Young winner is optimistic that an agreement can be reached before spring training. Scherzer told's Jason Beck that he won't negotiate during the 2014 season. He and the Tigers avoided arbitration last week by agreeing to a one-year, $15.525 million contract. Scherzer, who will be a free agent next winter if he doesn't sign an extension first, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA last season.

Max Scherzer SP DET 3 Months

Tigers avoided arbitration with RHP Max Scherzer by agreeing to a one-year, $15.525 million contract.

The figure comes in $1.925 million north of's projection of $13.6 million. Scherzer certainly earned the monster payday in his final year of arbitration after putting up a 21-3 record, 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts last season. He'll be looking to repeat his Cy Young form in 2014 in what will be his walk year.

Max Scherzer SP DET 4 Months

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Max Scherzer is "definitely in play" on the trade market.

This is in direct conflict with a prior report from ESPN's Jayson Stark, which stated that the Tigers were telling teams Scherzer is unavailable. Detroit would likely have to be blown away by a return package for the 29-year-old right-hander, who registered an outstanding 2.90 ERA and 240/56 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings this past season. He was named the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner in November.

Max Scherzer SP DET 4 Months

According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Tigers are telling teams that they will not trade Max Scherzer.

The Tigers don't expect that they'll be able to work out a long-term extension with Scherzer, but they want to compete in 2014 -- the right-hander's final year of contractual control -- and will keep him aboard until he hits free agency. Scherzer, 29, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240/56 K/BB ratio over 214 1/3 innings in 2013.

Max Scherzer SP DET 5 Months

Max Scherzer told MLB Network Radio that his preference is to remain in Detroit and that he doesn't want to be traded.

Scherzer elaborated by saying that he wants to remain a Tiger, get back to the playoffs and win something for the city of Detroit. While his preference and passion for his team is admirable, if the two sides are unable to work out a contract extension, the Tigers may not be left with any other option, or risk losing him for nothing.