Max Scherzer contract talks on hold
Max Scherzer is enjoying the best season of his career and figures to be in line for a lucrative contract.
But Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, said the All-Star pitcher will not reopen contract talks with the Detroit Tigers until the offseason.
Scherzer, the American League's starting pitcher in Tuesday's All-Star Game, avoided salary arbitration with the Tigers this past February, agreeing to a one-year, $6.725 million deal.
Despite Scherzer's outstanding performance before this year's All-Star break, Boras told reporters Monday that he has not been involved in any long-term contract negotiations with Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.
"Dave and I usually do that in the offseason," Boras said, according to multiple media outlets. "I just talked to Dave a few days ago about a number of things, but contract things we take care of in the offseason."
Scherzer, 28, is 13-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 19 starts this season. The hard-throwing right-hander is tied for the major league lead in wins and is second in the majors with 152 strikeouts, trailing only Texas' Yu Darvish.
According to Boras, Scherzer is interested in remaining with the Tigers.
"He likes his teammates," Boras said. "It's a good team, and he's been highly successful. Max is very happy in Detroit."
After his breakthrough 2012 season, when he went 16-7 with 231 strikeouts, Scherzer likely would receive serious interest from multiple teams if he were to become a free agent.
But Boras doesn't believe the Tigers, who entered this season with a team payroll exceeding $148 million, will have a problem paying top dollar for Scherzer.
"I don't think [Tigers owner] Mike Ilitch or Dave is in any way perplexed about what they know free agency means to a player like Max," Boras said. "He's a proven owner that will go out and do what is necessary to keep the players that Dave and his staff have determined are necessary for their success."
Scherzer has gone 65-43 with a 3.76 ERA with the Tigers since being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade before the 2010 season. He also has been a solid postseason pitcher for Detroit, going 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in seven appearances.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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