Tigers: Max Scherzer rejected ‘substantial offer’

The Detroit Tigers announced Sunday that the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has rejected a “substantial offer” and talks will not resume until after the season.

“The Detroit Tigers have made a substantial, long-term contract extension offer to Max Scherzer that would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected,” the team said in a statement.

“As we have reiterated, it has been the organization’s intent to extend Max’s contract and keep him in a Tigers uniform well beyond the 2014 season. While this offer would have accomplished that, the ballclub’s focus remains on the start of the upcoming season, and competing for a World Championship. Moving forward there will be no further in-season negotiation and the organization will refrain from commenting on this matter.”

Scherzer said in February that he would not negotiate a long-terem contract with the Tigers during the season if an agreement couldn’t be reached before Opening Day.

Scherzer, 29 and the Tigers avoided arbitration earlier this offseason, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $15,525,000.

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