Morning notes: Scherzer open to long-term deal
As it turns out, the Tigers didn’t really go to the 11th hour with Max Scherzer to avoid an arbitration hearing. Scherzer said his arbitration hearing was scheduled for Feb. 19, the next-to-last day of the arbitration period. He reached an agreement with the Tigers about two weeks ahead of that.
The fact that they settled was long expected, though it looked unlikely at one point. The fact that they brought up the possibility of a long-term contract, on the other hand, was a big surprise.
“We talked about it,” Scherzer said Tuesday morning, “but we were more focused on just getting one year done. We wanted to hammer that out first before we even thought about doing anything [long-term].”
The fact that Scherzer would be open to a long-term is a surprise. Agent Scott Boras’ usual preference is to have his clients test free agency and use the market to maximize their value. It usually takes quite a deal to get away from that, though Boras clients have signed long-term before. Jered Weaver is a recent example.
Scherzer definitely expressed an openness to signing long-term, though he didn’t indicate any negotiations were taking place.
“My preference is I love Detroit. I love the city. I love being part of this organization,” Scherzer said. “I love being part of this organization because of the winning atmosphere that comes from the owner that goes down to the GM, that goes down to management, that goes down to everybody. Not every organization has that, and to be part of an organization that’s all about winning, it’s something you want to be a part of.
“And so, if they would want to include me in their long-term plans, I want to be a part of it because of the atmosphere and culture here in Detroit.”