Prior to the 2014 season, Max Scherzer turned down a six-year contract extension with the Detroit Tigers that reportedly was worth $144 million. It might take $200 million to sign Scherzer, even though there is a limited amount of teams that would remotely consider paying a starting pitcher anywhere close to that amount. Detroit Tigers Odds: Even It makes the most sense for Scherzer to stay put, considering the Tigers have shown they’ll spend whatever it takes and they’ve already made a huge pitch to keep their ace.
It makes the most sense for Scherzer to stay put, considering the Tigers have shown they’ll spend whatever it takes and they’ve already made a huge pitch to keep their ace. Counting David Price, who could command close to $20 million in arbitration, Detroit is already committed to paying eight players at least $10 million in 2015. What’s another giant contract?
They reportedly bid “only” $135 million for Lester, and they’ve already committed more than $260 million in the last few months to Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo. Maybe it would make more sense for Boston to make a run at a less-expensive James Shields, or attempt to trade for Cole Hamels. But no matter which avenue the Red Sox take, we know this much: They need to find an ace.
With Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and now Brandon McCarthy (who was signed to a four-year, $48 million deal), this seems unlikely. But we’d never rule out a team that will open the 2015 season with a payroll of more than $250 million and didn’t blink at paying McCarthy and Brett Anderson (signed for one year and $10 million) eight figures per year.
The defending champs chased Lester, and they’ll miss Sandoval and outfielder Michael Morse (who was signed by the Marlins). The Giants, though, are paying Matt Cain $20.8 million per year for the next three seasons, and they’ll be shelling out a combined $39 million to Peavy, Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson in 2015. Fortunately for them, World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, at $6.95 million in 2015, the third year of a five-year, $35 million contract, is one of the biggest bargains in the game. It’s fascinating to imagine a rotation with Bumgarner and Scherzer at the top, but we’re not counting on it. Read more…