Last weekend the Tigers took the unusual step of calling out Max Scherzer — however implicitly — as being greedy when they announced that he has rejected the team’s offer of a contract extension. That sort of thing turns fans against a player and can put a player on the defensive.
According to the Detroit Free Press, however, Scherzer and the Tigers had a meeting to clear the air:
“[GM Dave Dombrowski] told me he wanted to make sure he conveyed to fans that he was doing his job and he could see how some things put me in a negative context,” Scherzer said after his final spring-training start today. “That wasn’t his intent, but that’s just how it came across. He apologized for that.”
Scherzer got a big ovation from fans at his last spring training game too. And now that Miguel Cabrera’s massive contract extension has blown Scherzer off the front page, the issue is likely settled.