Not much on the Max Scherzer front on Wednesday, aside from a Tweet from Jon Morosi, which said “Of interest on Scherzer/Shields, Tigers official told me today: ‘We are happy with our starting pitching. We are not pursing any starters.'”
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You could read this as they are NOT pursing any starters and are done flirting with retaining Max or that is still not a blanket “Torii Hunter-like” denial that “we have told Max we will not be bringing him back.”
And so the carousel continues to turn with Scherzer seemingly having no interest as we close in on 43 days until Spring Training.
Ryan Dunne advocates for it to stay that way and that the Tigers finally move on from the Scherzer era.
With Spring Training looming, as we mentioned yesterday, that means that the Tigers will begin their annual winter carnival around the state which will end at Comerica Park for TigerFest on January 24. One of those stops will be well north in the state, Grand Traverse County. And several big names will be heading there.
Detroit Tigers: Don’t bring Scherzer back – Ryan Dunne, ISportsWeb
"Is Scherzer one of the best starting pitchers in the game? Absolutely.But for the Tigers sake of all the money they have spent on big name players such as first baseman Miguel Cabrera and designated hitter Victor Martinez is something that has dug them in a bit of a hole.Two years ago, starting pitcher Justin Verlander signed a contract extension that could push him over $202 million when it is all done. Last year, Cabrera signed a ten-year contract extension worth $292 million. And this past offseason, Martinez signed a contract for $68 million over four years.Those are just three players who will be owed a lot of money over the next few years. Now, does it really make sense to bring Scherzer back?Yes, Scherzer has been the more dominant pitcher over Verlander, which is why he is wanting at least the same amount of money. However, spending more money on one player will not solve the Tigers’ issues.There problems are surrounding the bullpen, what do to with starting pitcher David Price, and spending money on young talent for the future."
Detroit Tigers Set To Visit Grand Traverse County – Samantha Radecki, 9 & 10 News
"Players Al Alburqurque, Yoenis Cespedes, Rajai Davis, Jose Iglesias and Tigers legend Alan Trammell are some of those who are scheduled to attend.The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary clubs in Cadillac, Traverse city, Bellaire and Petoskey.They expect 450 people to attend, hoping to raise $9,000.“It’s about teamwork and being together, traveling together and being away from family,” said breakfast coordinator Doreen Lanc, president of the Cadillac Rotary Club. “So we can ask them questions, we can meet with them and their brining between 19 and 22 players, plus the managers, the coaches, so it’s gonna be an interesting day.”"