Boras: “Tigers and us were always in conversation”
While Max Scherzer was the star attraction at Wednesday’s press conference in Washington to announce his seven-year, $210 million deal, agent Scott Boras wasn’t far off. He talked with reporters about the way the deal came together, then talked with MLB Network Radio’s Casey Stern and Jim Bowden, who brought up the question of the Tigers’ involvement as the market came together.
Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Boras stayed in touch to express Scherzer’s interest in staying in Detroit, but that no negotiations took place after season’s end. Essentially, the six-year, $144 million deal Scherzer declined last spring was the end to negotiations, and FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi suggested that owner Mike Ilitch wasn’t interested in pursuing an extension after that.
Boras took the high road, complementing the Tigers for how they handled everything. He did say they kept in touch, but didn’t get into the nature of the conversation.
“First of all, Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win. To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70% of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning. …
“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”