It came out on Sunday that the Detroit Tigers offered reigning Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer a long term contract (rumored to be in the 144 million dollar range) yet Scherzer or his agent turned down the offer. Yet word from Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, says that it was Scherzer who made the Tigers an offer and they (the Tigers) turned it down. Who do you believe? Can you imagine a player who's 29, who's going to be a free agent at the end of the year, and is offered a 144M extension and they turn it down? One thing I can see is Scott Boras telling his agent "Don't accept that, you'll get more than that when you're on the market." but if (according to Boras' statement) Scherzer is so happy to play in Detroit and alongside the teammates he has then why not let him sign for the 144?
Personally, I don't think Scherzer is going to have the same kind of season he's had in recent years, and if that's the case passing on the 144 just might've been a mistake. Now whether he wants to accept it or not there's more pressure on Scherzer to perform well because if he (or his agent) thinks that he's worth more than the 144 that was offered then having less than stellar numbers is going to be unacceptable. Scherzer and his representation maybe betting on himself a bit more than the Tigers are, but still 144 Million dollars is nothing to sneeze at.