Boras: No contract talks on Scherzer until offseason
The Monday before the All-Star Game is usually media day for the players, not the agent. When you represent both of the starting pitchers, though, it’s a pretty good day to be Scott Boras, and a great day to talk with reporters.
“We’re pretty fortunate because we’ve got two guys starting the All-Star Game,” Boras said. “One’s a young player, and Max has earned his way to this level. It’s a rare time in his career. And when you have two of those guys on a team performing to those high levels, it’s pretty rare. Not many times in baseball history do you get that kind of production. And Max is very happy in Detroit.”
Boras is very happy with Scherzer being in Detroit right now as well. His success so far puts him in a position to command the free-agent pitching market in a year and a half if he can keep it up. Or, it could put him in position to hold a lot of leverage should the Tigers and Boras enter talks on a contract extension.
That hasn’t happened yet, Boras said, and it won’t happen during this season. Though he has been in touch with Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, Scherzer’s contract hasn’t been a topic.
“Dave and I usually do things like that in the offseason,” Boras said. “I talked to Dave a few days ago about a number of things, but contract things we take care of in the offseason.”
Boras has traditionally favored an open-market approach with his pitchers, using free agency as a tool whether his clients re-sign or go somewhere else. Still, recent history has tended towards teams locking up their young pitchers with contract extensions. Boras isn’t ruling that out in this instance.
“I don’t think Detroit fans should all be scared of free agency,” Boras said. “If I’m not mistaken, I think free agency has been very good to the Detroit Tigers. Again, I don’t think Mike Ilitch or Dave is in any way perplexed about what they know free agency means to a player like Max. He’s a proven owner to go out and do what is necessary to keep the players that Dave and his staff have determined are necessary for his success.”
The question, of course, will be whether the Tigers have too many potential free agents to make it happen. Detroit already has Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez under lucrative long-term deals, and Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello all could be free agents after the 2015 season.
For various reasons, Boras said, “There are frankly fewer players in free agency. There’s no pitcher in this marketplace like Max in free agency this [coming] year.”
There’ll be one in the next free agent class after that, of course, if there isn’t extension.