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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
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Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.
The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling. Dec 20 - 3:36 PM

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Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.
Dec 19 - 10:22 AM

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million.
Dec 16 - 12:20 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league.
Dec 13 - 10:32 PM

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million.
Dec 11 - 1:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that two unidentified team owners flew to the Winter Meetings in San Diego to meet with Max Schezer's agent Scott Boras on Tuesday.

Now that Jon Lester has decided to sign with the Cubs, the market for Scherzer should begin to heat up. The losers for Lester (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants) could all be possibilities while Heyman mentions the Yankees and Cardinals among the other potential suitors. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Tigers were prepared to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but that was later shot down by GM Dave Dombrowski. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a contract north of $200 million.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 10 - 11:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Max Scherzer is looking for a contract in excess of $200 million.

It's not surprising that he'd ask for that kind of dough. After all, he went on to have another terrific season after rejecting a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring. Whether Scherzer is able to get that large of a contract remains to be seen. The common thought is that he'll get the biggest deal of any pitcher this winter, but over $200 million would be significantly higher than the numbers being thrown out for Jon Lester.
Dec 9 - 10:00 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a report saying the Tigers were prepared to spend "big, big dollars" on Max Scherzer was "not accurate."

"I can 100 percent guarantee you that our situation has not changed whatsoever," Dombrowski added. The report earlier Tuesday was from ESPN's Buster Olney, who is quite trustworthy. Dombrowski seemed adamant in his stance, but it's the rumor season so it's anyone's guess as to how far the Tigers might be willing to go to keep Scherzer. The righty rejected a $144 million extension offer from Detroit last spring.
Dec 9 - 7:55 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Tigers' primary focus "is on retaining Max Scherzer."

Olney adds that the Detroit front office is "prepared to spend big, big dollars" to lock up the free agent right-hander. Scherzer's market should begin to develop once Jon Lester settles on a team. The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays are among the other deep-pocketed teams that could be ready to line up bids. The money is going to get outrageous.
Dec 9 - 2:41 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Cardinals "have apparently at least considered" making a run at free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

Heyman hears that the Cardinals met at some point on Scherzer and that a couple of the team's players or former players have called to recruit him. The free agent right-hander is from Missouri, so they have that going for him, but his price tag could approach $200 million. They'll likely get priced out of the mix. His market should come into clearer focus after Jon Lester makes a decision on where to sign.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 8 - 2:16 PM

Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will "more aggressively" pursue Max Scherzer if they lose out on Jon Lester.

Lester is obviously at the top of the Red Sox' list, but they'll have to consider other options if the left-hander chooses to sign elsewhere. Scherzer will likely be a bit more expensive and will also cost the team that signs him a draft pick. Lauber has been told by industry insiders that, in addition to the Red Sox, the Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Tigers, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Giants and Blue Jays will "take a long, serious look" at Scherzer.
Dec 7 - 11:35 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox have checked in on free agent Max Scherzer.

It sounds like a case of due diligence, as the Pale Hose have also been linked to free agents James Shields and Ervin Santana, and even A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Scherzer, a Scott Boras client, isn't expected to settle on a landing spot until the tail end of the offseason. It's doubtful that the White Sox will be able to pony up the cash it's going to require to land him.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 4 - 10:25 AM

The Dodgers have shown interest in free agent Max Scherzer and other starting pitchers, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal said Jon Lester and James Shields are two other players the club is believed to have checked in on. Their ability to sign any of the big free agents could be dependent on their ability to deal Matt Kemp and his prohibitive contract. Scherzer has also generated interest from the Giants, Nationals and Tigers.
Dec 3 - 9:05 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Giants have initiated talks with a number of free agents, including Max Scherzer.

In the wake of losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox, the Giants have "cast a wide net" in looking for an impact signing. Jon Lester, Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Chase Headley are other free agents Heyman lists as options, as well as Braves outfielder Justin Upton. Scherzer's market is wide open at this point and probably won't be settled anytime soon. The Nationals and Tigers are some clubs who have been linked.
Nov 25 - 8:58 PM

Major league sources told MLB Daily Dish that if the Nationals trade Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, it could open up room to sign Max Scherzer.

Earlier on Thursday, it was reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the Nationals were looking to move Doug Fister. Zimmermann also told the Washington Post that he had not had discussions about a contract extension with the team. Should either Fister or Zimmermann (or both) be shipped out of town, it's possible that it would free up room for the Nationals to target Max Scherzer. Scherzer's most likely landing place is probably back with the Tigers, while the Yankees have also been mentioned, though only as lurkers. For now.
Nov 20 - 5:09 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
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PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt