Tigers could have $80 million rotation even without Max Scherzer


Free agent ace Max Scherzer will soon get a massive long-term contract on the open market, but even if the Tigers don’t re-sign the former Cy Young winner the price tag for their 2015 rotation could approach $80 million.

Justin Verlander will make $28 million, Anibal Sanchez will make $16.8 million, and MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration projections peg David Price at $18.9 million and Rick Porcello at $12.2 million.

That adds up to $75.9 million and still leaves one rotation spot unaccounted for.

Just to put an $80 million rotation in some context, consider that all of the other four AL Central teams (Royals, White Sox, Twins, Indians) had an overall payroll of $90 million or lower this season.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.