Max Scherzer Rejects Tigers’ ‘Substantial’ Contract Extension Offer

Max ScherzerThe Tigers were looking to keep reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in Detroit for the long haul when the team offered him a long-term contract extension, but it looks like Scherzer isn’t sure of his future in the Motor City.

The Tigers said Sunday that Scherzer rejected a “substantial” extension offer, and the two sides have tabled contract discussions until after the 2014 season.

“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 in a statement, via ESPN.

“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.”

Scherzer recently said he wouldn’t negotiate a long-term offer with the Tigers during the 2014 season if an agreement couldn’t be reached by Opening Day. Earlier this offseason, Scherzer and the Tigers agreed to a one-year deal worth $15,525,000. Scherzer is slated to become a free agent after the season.

The Tigers have won three straight AL Central titles, and Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA last season

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