Tigers GM: Detroit Not In ‘Active Pursuit’ Of Free Agent Max Scherzer

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Are the Detroit Tigers preparing for life without Max Scherzer?

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski revealed Thursday at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego that the team is not currently in “active pursuit” of Scherzer. The free-agent pitcher reportedly is seeking a contract worth more than $200 million. [tweet https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/543100513588236288 align=’center’]

The Tigers traded pitcher Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, pitcher Alex Wilson and minor league pitcher Gabe Speier. They filled the void in the starting rotation by acquiring Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds.

Scherzer obviously represents an expensive option, especially given the money still owed to Justin Verlander. The 30-year-old has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last two seasons, though. There’s no denying he’s a game-changer.

Scherzer, who has spent the last five seasons with Detroit, went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 33 starts spanning 220 1/3 innings this season. He won the American League Cy Young award in 2013.

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