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Can Detroit keep its Big Three?

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07:50 AM ET 01.06 | In a city where the "Big Three" can mean different things to different people, Detroit has its eyes on a trio of elite starting pitchers. This project, inspired by the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s, is two-thirds complete. ... But to get that third piece of the puzzle in place, American League Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, the Tigers will have to bridge a sea of dollar bills awaiting the righty after the 2014 season. And make no mistake, they will do whatever they can to extend Scherzer and further what the Braves cemented as the best model for long-term success. "They had a lot of changed pieces," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in November. "But they had (Greg) Maddux and (John) Smoltz and (Tom) Glavine and Chipper Jones."

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January 6, 2014  08:01 AM ET

The Answer Is 'No', Bros.

January 6, 2014  08:33 AM ET

Why not? They can afford him.

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January 6, 2014  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why not? They can afford him.

They can, the question is are they willing to?

January 6, 2014  09:20 AM ET

Slink traded his balls to Detroit?

January 6, 2014  09:38 AM ET

It is not their call, it is Max Scherzer's call when the time comes. Ask him not the GM.

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January 6, 2014  10:06 AM ET

You mean Ford, GM, and Chrysler?

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January 6, 2014  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why not? They can afford him.

the tigers should sign Scherzer but to their own terms and not to the Bora's terms!!

January 6, 2014  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If history is any indication, I'd say yes.

Pizza King Illitch is 84 years old.

January 6, 2014  02:35 PM ET

Big Three? Isn't that Babe Ruth?

January 6, 2014  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They can, the question is are they willing to?

the Tigers could do that but what will be the price to pay??remember Bora's clients aren't cheap in any given day!!

January 6, 2014  04:52 PM ET

As long as Mike Illitch is owning the team they will have a big payroll. The problem is his health doesn't look nearly as good as it did five years ago. Also, from what I've read his children don't love baseball and owning a team to the degree that the Father does, so once he passes away..... what happens? Do the kids sell the team to someone say Dan Gilbert (Michigan native) and continue to have a passionate owner? Or do the kids, institute a much lower payroll cap?

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January 6, 2014  05:49 PM ET

Remember to buy your Pizza! Pizza! Hot and Ready. Keep Scherzer, Verlander and Miggy in Tiger uniforms.

 
January 7, 2014  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

As long as Mike Illitch is owning the team they will have a big payroll. The problem is his health doesn't look nearly as good as it did five years ago. Also, from what I've read his children don't love baseball and owning a team to the degree that the Father does, so once he passes away..... what happens? Do the kids sell the team to someone say Dan Gilbert (Michigan native) and continue to have a passionate owner? Or do the kids, institute a much lower payroll cap?

Chris & Atanas Illitch may indeed keep The Bengals but have no doubt there will be a fire sale

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