By extending the Qualifying offers on the contracts of SP Max Scherzer and DH/1B Victor Martinez, the Detroit Tigers have guaranteed that they will receive compensation picks (at the end of round 1 of the 2015 Entry draft) if either player signs a contract with another team this off-season.
Fans should expect that both players will reject the Tigers 1-year $15.3MM qualifying offers, and to be highly sought as Free Agent targets for many clubs looking to improve, as Scherzer and Martinez are both looking for multi-year offers.
Both Scherzer and Martinez have indicated that they want to return to Detroit; said Scherzer: ".”
Meanwhile, Martinez has hinted that he would prefer to return to Detroit; but he also has expressed interest in playing another 4 years, so he might be looking to sign a 4-year contract, putting the 35-year old Martinez at 39 when he (currently) thinks he will walk away from the game.
Dave Dombrowski, speaking to the Oakland Press, gave the following quote:
Just confirmed that the Tigers have not picked up their team option on Alex Avila. They have until Nov. 20 to do so.
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) October 31, 2014