LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Tigers have not expressed pessimism about signing Max Scherzer, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday. They haven't had any talks with his agent, Scott Boras, yet.
The question came on the heels of two reports citing officials from other clubs saying the Tigers don't believe they can re-sign Scherzer, who becomes eligible for free agency next winter. ESPN's Jayson Stark said the Tigers would not trade him, while Yahoo's Jeff Passan said Scherzer "was definitely in play."
Dombrowski said the reports, at least on the pessimism, were not accurate.
"We've never told anybody that we wouldn't be able to sign him," Dombrowski said. "I don't know if we can sign him or not, but we haven't even started that process."
Dombrowski wouldn't address trade rumors involving Scherzer, but said later, "Our starting pitchers are set."
Boras told reporters in the hallways of the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort that Scherzer remains interested in staying a Tiger. He did not comment on any potential extension.
Speculation about Tigers' interest in Kemp unfounded
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Were the Tigers, whose payroll has dropped this offseason, really in contact with the Dodgers about superstar outfielder Matt Kemp, as a Foxsports.com report suggested Tuesday evening?
The answer from Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski sounded like a line from a Taylor Swift song.
"We never ever have had a conversation with the Dodgers about Matt Kemp," Dombrowski said Wednesday evening.
The Dodgers have four outfielders for three spots, and Kemp has the biggest contract of the quartet. With six years and $128 million reportedly left on his deal, his remaining obligation is similar to the kind of deal many expect top free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to sign. The Tigers were not involved in talks on Choo before signing Rajai Davis to a two-year contract.
Kemp's agent, former Major League pitcher Dave Stewart, told reporters Wednesday that the Dodgers assured Kemp he would not be traded.