Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer still linked to Detroit, Nick Castellanos quicker at third

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After the pair of trades last week, it looked as if the Detroit Tigers were done with the Max Scherzer sweepstakes.

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Though Dave Dombrowski said they weren’t actively pursuing Max, he never shut the door on retaining the 2013 Cy Young winner. That politician double-speak hasn’t put to rest the Scherzer to Detroit rumors. With rumors swirling that the Yankees are “absolutely not” looking to sign Max, his high salary demands might land back on the Tigers–so think our first two articles of the day.

If the Tigers have no interest in signing Max, they outta shut the door as they did with Torii Hunter. But the longer Scherzer waits, the lower his asking price becomes. At what point do you consider signing Scherzer a bargain? Guess we’ll see. Max still hasn’t been rumored with any other teams at the moment so this ordeal might stretch into 2015.

Our final article takes a look at Nick Castellanos as he tries to improve his speed at third, thus increasing his range and becoming a better defensive asset to the team.

ESPN analyst: Scherzer most likely to sign with Tigers – Mike Itchue, Detroit Free Press

"Says Bowden, the former GM of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals: “It really just comes down to big business decisions on both sides. (Agent Scott) Boras has a strong relationship with team owner Mike Ilitch and president Dave Dombrowski, which works in the Tigers’ favor. However, I expect Scherzer to sign with the highest bidder, and both sides are waiting to see if anyone will beat Detroit’s best offer.”Bowden puts the odds of the Tigers getting Scherzer at 2-to-1.Also on his list: The San Francisco Giants at 5-1 odds, the New York Yankees (10-1), the Nationals (15-1), the St. Louis Cardinals (20-1), the Los Angeles Dodgers (25-1) and the Los Angeles Angels (30-1)."

Until Proven Otherwise, Don’t Mistakenly Discount Detroit Tigers in Max Scherzer Race – Max DeMara, Detroit Tigers101

"The longer things stay quiet on the Scherzer front this winter and the less big name pursuers the pitcher has, the greater the chances that Detroit becomes involved in an eleventh-hour re-signing. Simply, the grass might not be that much greener on the other side."

Tigers’ Nick Castellanos focusing on being quicker at 3B – George Sipple, Freep

"Castellanos is spending the off-season on a conditioning program meant to improve his first-step quickness and reaction time.“His hands are solid, and his arm is solid,” Dombrowski said. “He normally catches what he gets to, but we’re looking to increase his quickness over there. When I say that, I know I’ve been around third basemen who haven’t (been) at the top of their game defensively and have become solid, and that’s what we’re hoping he becomes.”Castellanos, who turns 23 on March 4, hit .259 with 31 doubles, 11 home runs and 66 RBIs in 148 games in 2014.“When you look at his numbers for a rookie, and in a pennant race, his offensive numbers were pretty good,” Dombrowski said."

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