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.”

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Unfortunately I fear this is more up to Boras. I’d be shocked if Scherzer signs long-term here anytime soon. I think there’s a higher likelihood he gets traded, than signs long-term in Detroit. And yes, I partly blame Scott Boras.

Wow, take a couple days off and lots happened. Bourn to the Indians? I’ll bet they are thrilled. Leyland sometimes reads this blog? Hi, Jim!
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Yesterday, I went off to an appt. and gas was $3.89 a gallon. It was $3.38 the last time I filled up. It is absolutely freezing here in Michigan and I love looking at the pictures of our guys down in sunny Florida. Can’t wait to see pictures of Victor.

I know Kathy, I noticed the same thing on the gas issue. I am loving keeping up on Twitter and getting updates – some day when I retire spring training will be a part of my vacation plans.

Fister, Scherzer, Voldemort, Sanchez. Keep ‘em around for the long haul!

Good article, putting numbers to what many of us know on some level. It points out why the goal should always be to make the postseason. After that, it’s a crapshoot.

There is a modicum of satisfaction in the title of the article. However, we are not the BEST time until such time as we are able to perform like a team, when it matters, and actually win.

We did win 7 of the first 9 playoff games in both 2012 and 2006. It beats going home early. Ask the Nationals and their fans. I was at game five of the NLDS. Stunned isn’t a strong enough term.

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I would be interested to see how the ‘best’ team from the AL stacked compared to the NL with their inherent advantage.
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The 2011 bullpen was close to perfect leading the AL with 52 saves, highest save conversion of 84% helping the team to a +12 game advantage in one run games.
2012 was an extremely lucky year with the 88 wins coming despite a -6 game differential in one run games. The bullpen went from league best to league average with 71% saves and 16 blown saves. Overall, Valverde was not the issue with his 35 saves from 40 still good for 88% which is spot on with his fantastic career 89% rate.

The Tigers according to the Pythagorean formula:87-75. One W by luck. CWS -3
Interleague:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/interleague/records.jsp

“The AL hasn’t lost the season series since 2003, extending its all-time Interleague advantage to 2,081-1,883 (.525).”
All Star games:NL 43, AL 38, and 2 ties. (winning 33 of 42 from 1950 on)
WS: AL: 62- NL:46
Since 1973: 26 AL-18 NL

The main factor: the Yankees. If you want to go to the WS in the AL , you must beat the Yankees first.So you must be really good , expending big ( Boston, Detroit) or wise ( Tampa)
Some so called economist expected the balance to shift to the West and the NL because of the money in California. Until now, only Oakland challenged the Yankees during the Finley years. Neither the Dodgers nor the Giants have been able to compete or regain their past glory in the case of the Giants

Thanks El Tigre.
The AL has always spent the big bucks to get the stars and has also the higher per team $$ spend. LAD may change this slant in a hurry.
The AL when the favourite in recent years seems to get knocked off by the NL underdog.

Your welcome
Our team was out of rhythm for being too good .
The favorites lost twice to La Russa and Bochy. Outmanaged?

I have to believe that if we had started the WS 2-3 days after finishing off the Yankees and at home (ASG!), we’d have done better.

Just needed those Cardinals to finish off the Giants in five games!!! Then the Tigers win the Series in six.

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