Detroit Tigers Links: As the Max Scherzer Turns, Prospect plays the Feud, RH relievers


This Max Scherzer to the Detroit Tigers rumor is never going to die, is it?

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Numerous media reports have Max linked to the Tigers simply because he is not receiving bites from anywhere else. But with his asking price allegedly so high, what makes everyone think the automatic landing spot is Detroit?

I personally feel there is some resentment on both sides, especially on the Tigers’ side. Think of it this way, during the Tigers successful years in the last decade, how many times have they been rebuffed in trying to resign a player before free agency? Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are Exhibits A through C. When Mike Ilitch and Dave Dombrowski want their guy, they GET their guy. Only they didn’t get Max for their preferred offer.

Perhaps if Scherzer is still drifting out there in mid-January, they would consider it, but it would have to be much closer to the original offer of $144 million and not $214 million, or whatever Max and his agent Scott Boras are demanding today.

Our first two links look at the Max saga.

Next up, Chris Iott does a piece on interesting Tigers’ prospect Wynton Bernard who has quite an interesting past, including being a contestant on Family Feud.

Finally we look at the eternal question of how or where the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen can improve.

Max Scherzer Rumors: A Reunion With The Tigers Growing More Likely? – Hayden Kane, FanSided

"What must also be accounted for here is the mindset of Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch. He notoriously wants to see a Tigers’ World Series victory, which has explained the hyper-aggressive approach of the team the last few seasons. Increasingly, the approach has been to hand out the long-term deal to win now and figure out the rest later."

Why the Detroit Tigers Should Not Re-Sign Max Scherzer – James Duncan Bleacher Report

"As one of the game’s wealthiest teams, the Tigers can probably afford paying players this kind of astronomical salary. In fact, according to Ken Rosenthal of, they forked out $214 million for Prince Fielder just two offseasons ago.Is Scherzer worth this kind of money?To some franchises he probably would be. He could be the dominant frontman for deep-pocketed teams like the Yankees or Rangers and help propel them back into the playoffs.As for the Tigers, they already have a bonafide No. 1 starter ready to step up—David Price."

Wynton Bernard on a special home run, the impact of his family and appearing on ‘Family Feud’ – Chris Iott, MLive

"In addition to being inspired by his family, he’s also been on the Family Feud, a fact that gained some attention when Whitecaps teammate Ben Verlander mentioned it Thursday on Twitter.“I was a junior in college,” Bernard said. “I was trying to grow out the Afro like Steve Harvey used to have. I was always a big fan of his growing up, so it was special to meet him.“Unfortunately, I went 0 for 3 on the show, so a lot of my friends said I better stick to baseball.”"

Slew of right-handers could help Tigers’ bullpen in 2015 – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"Bruce Rondon is on the up-and-up – “We feel confident from what they’re saying that he has a real good chance to be healthy and ready to go to start the year,” Dombrowski said – and Al Alburquerque posted a 2.51 ERA last season, Joel Hanrahan is inching closer to a return from Tommy John Surgery and trade acquisition Alex Wilson showed good signs last season."

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