Dombrowski: Boras called on Scherzer, no negotiations
The Tigers were not actively pursuing Max Scherzer, Dave Dombrowski kept saying this offseason. He said it enough times during the Winter Meetings and in the weeks since that it almost sounded like a mantra. Even he grew weary of the same answer to the same question by the end.
On Monday, with Scherzer having agreed to a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals, Dombrowski had a little more to say about his end of the Scherzer saga, and what contact he had with agent Scott Boras.
“A couple of times in recent weeks, Scott reached out to us to say that Max still liked Detroit and had interest,” Dombrowski said. “But we didn’t have any contract negotiations.”
Whether Boras had any discussions with owner Mike Ilitch isn’t clear. Still, the end result suggests that the Tigers were not going to go to a seven-year offer, if they were going to move from their Spring Training offer at all.
“From our perspective, I think we were pretty clear that our best opportunity to sign Max was last year,” Dombrowski said.
When they couldn’t find common ground on the six-year, $144 million deal, Dombrowski said, “We kind of felt that he would probably leave [at season’s end].”