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07:33 AM ET 01.03 | For most teams, these are quiet times in the baseball year. For the Tigers, though, January has been more like holiday shopping. As the calendar flips to 2014 and free agency offers more remnants and fewer stars than in past years, however, the Tigers appear more likely to shuffle smaller pieces and make minor tweaks. If there's a big deal left in Detroit this winter, it's more likely to keep a player, not add one. ... [Max Scherzer's] season presents an intriguing contract situation immediately, long-term deal or no. The 29-year-old right-hander is eligible for arbitration one more time, which puts him in line for a substantial raise from the $6.725 million deal agent Scott Boras negotiated to avoid arbitration last winter.

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January 3, 2014  08:42 AM ET

Boras will never let Scherzer sign a deal now, with only one season left till free agency. They should deal him now, cause once he hits the market the Yankees will scoop him up quickly.

January 3, 2014  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Boras will never let Scherzer sign a deal now, with only one season left till free agency. They should deal him now, cause once he hits the market the Yankees will scoop him up quickly.

That's not Boras' call. He can recommend; he can't forbid.

January 3, 2014  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That's not Boras' call. He can recommend; he can't forbid.

If these players wanted to make their own calls, they wouldn't have hired Boras in the first place.

January 3, 2014  09:58 AM ET

The Tigers need to wait until the trading deadline in July to add a player to help them advance further in the playoffs since their division is already won in January.

January 3, 2014  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If these players wanted to make their own calls, they wouldn't have hired Boras in the first place.

Tek told Boras to just make the best deal he could with the Bosox...it's up to the player in the end. It's true that Boras is a strange choice of agent if the player isn't gunning for the max $$$ and to hell with everything else.

January 3, 2014  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tek told Boras to just make the best deal he could with the Bosox...it's up to the player in the end. It's true that Boras is a strange choice of agent if the player isn't gunning for the max $$$ and to hell with everything else.

But Tex did listen to him and turned down arbitration.

January 3, 2014  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Tigers need to wait until the trading deadline in July to add a player to help them advance further in the playoffs since their division is already won in January.

I don't think that's the case with the loss of Fister (for basically spare parts) and also the Tigers are relying on V Mart to replace Prince's bat in the four spot. I don't think the Tigers are as good right now as they were in 2013. Cleveland only finished a game back too.

Vmart was great in the 2nd half of last season, but Prince even in a off season for him is a good bat to have in the lineup. They also have alot of other question marks in the lineup. Will hot shot prospect Castellanos hit well enough at 3rd to play there everyday, he's there because of his bat because his glove is only passable. Will Iglesias at least hit .250, yes his defense is awesome but he can't hit .200 without hurting the team. LF is also a big concern, a platoon of Andy Dirks and Rajai Davis doesn't excite me in the least. Last but not least, which Austin Jackson appears at the plate? He has had two very good seasons at the plate, but also some years that he K's way toooo much and doesn't get on base enough.

January 3, 2014  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Boras will never let Scherzer sign a deal now, with only one season left till free agency. They should deal him now, cause once he hits the market the Yankees will scoop him up quickly.

Boras and owner Mike Illitch have made alot of deals over the years. I don't think Boras being Scherzer's agent is what will keep Detroit from signing him. It will be the reality that the Tigers can't reallty afford even a "hometown" discount contract for Max.

January 3, 2014  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't think that's the case with the loss of Fister (for basically spare parts) and also the Tigers are relying on V Mart to replace Prince's bat in the four spot. I don't think the Tigers are as good right now as they were in 2013. Cleveland only finished a game back too. Vmart was great in the 2nd half of last season, but Prince even in a off season for him is a good bat to have in the lineup. They also have alot of other question marks in the lineup. Will hot shot prospect Castellanos hit well enough at 3rd to play there everyday, he's there because of his bat because his glove is only passable. Will Iglesias at least hit .250, yes his defense is awesome but he can't hit .200 without hurting the team. LF is also a big concern, a platoon of Andy Dirks and Rajai Davis doesn't excite me in the least. Last but not least, which Austin Jackson appears at the plate? He has had two very good seasons at the plate, but also some years that he K's way toooo much and doesn't get on base enough.

The biggest improvement will be not having Leyland around just sitting there waiting for the 3 run bomb

January 3, 2014  12:48 PM ET

And BTW Max has had just as many mediocre seasons as well as good ones. Too many people are jumping the shark with wanting Max for high $ and long years. IMO his violent delivery is cause for concern. A good example is Lincecum. He is still a viable pitcher but is a shell of his former self

January 3, 2014  02:42 PM ET
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The biggest improvement will be not having Leyland around just sitting there waiting for the 3 run bomb

Personally I thought Jim was really good for the Tigers. He came in at the perfect time making the players grind for the entire season, not giving away games and overall set a professional tone. Do you remember the clowns they had on the team prior to his arrival. Rob Fick? Jeff Weaver? Leyland brought them back to respectability and for the most seasons kept them in contention for the playoffs.

January 3, 2014  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And BTW Max has had just as many mediocre seasons as well as good ones. Too many people are jumping the shark with wanting Max for high $ and long years. IMO his violent delivery is cause for concern. A good example is Lincecum. He is still a viable pitcher but is a shell of his former self

Equal number of mediocre seasons, not really? 2009-2013, he's had 5 consecutive seasons of at least 30 starts. In three of those five seasons he's had a sub 3.75 ERA: 3.74, 3.50 and 2.90. The other two seasons, he had ERAs of 4.43 and 4.12. So really only one bad season in there, the 4.43. A career 3.67 ERA over 165 career starts is really good when you also consider he's only 29 and just coming into his prime. Regarding his "violent" delivery and comparisons to Lincecum, completely different body types. Max Scherzer is 6'3" and 220 lbs., Lincecum 5'11" and 170 lbs and Lincecum started to break down when he was 27, Max is already two years past that.

January 3, 2014  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And BTW Max has had just as many mediocre seasons as well as good ones. Too many people are jumping the shark with wanting Max for high $ and long years. IMO his violent delivery is cause for concern. A good example is Lincecum. He is still a viable pitcher but is a shell of his former self

I think you bring up a very valid caveat.

January 3, 2014  06:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Personally I thought Jim was really good for the Tigers. He came in at the perfect time making the players grind for the entire season, not giving away games and overall set a professional tone. Do you remember the clowns they had on the team prior to his arrival. Rob Fick? Jeff Weaver? Leyland brought them back to respectability and for the most seasons kept them in contention for the playoffs.

Leyland didn't bring in the players; DD did. And Leyland essentially gave away numerous games playing his 23-25 players way too often.

January 3, 2014  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Boras will never let Scherzer sign a deal now, with only one season left till free agency. They should deal him now, cause once he hits the market the Yankees will scoop him up quickly.

the Tigers would be the closer team to resign him,just make the fair offer and that's that!!

 
January 4, 2014  07:17 PM ET

Signing a huge contract with a Boras client is the kiss of death for a team. I don't know why any team is dumb enough to even take his calls anymore. The Tigers should offer Scherzer a fair five year deal and when he refuses it - trade him.

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