Friday, October 31, 2014

Tigers make Qualifying offers to Scherzer and Martiez, lose Dirks and McCoy on waivers.

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.

Max Scherzer
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: "I do hope I’m back. I love this clubhouse, love everybody in here, been to battle with these guys for five years. It would mean a lot to me.”  
Victor Martinez

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: “We have the most generous owner in baseball you could possibly have in sports. But we’re in a situation where $200 million payrolls aren’t what is common here. … It’s a situation where we’re really in a spot that if you’re going to have four starters being paid and you’re going to have a couple superstars in the middle of your lineup, that means there’s not as much availability to do some other things. And you have to determine what you’re going to do.”  

Also in the article Dombrowski also admitted that he was “taking the blame as much as anyone else” for a disappointing 2014 season.  

Joakim Soria
So, as the Tigers start the process of reshaping the roster for 2015, the team announced today that they extended the Club Option for $7M on relief pitcher Joakim Soria’s contract.  So Soria will be back filling in what the club expects will be the 8th inning role for next season, setting the table for Joe Nathan to close the games out. 

Detroit also announced that utility man Don Kelly and RHP Evan Reed have been out-righted off the 40-man roster, and also that OF Andy Dirks has been claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and that LHP Pat McCoy was claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.  

The Tigers have between now and November 20 to extend the Club Option on Alex Avila's contract, according to mlive.com's  Chris Iott.