Dave Dombrowski on Max Scherzer “I guess anything can happen but we’re not in active pursuit”

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The Tigers trading Rick Porcello made it seem like, maybe — just maybe — they were making some room to bring Max Scherzer back. But then they picked up Alfredo Simon and now they have, arguably, six starting pitching options. So, what does that mean for the Tigers and Max Scherzer?

When you’re a free agent, I guess you’re a “situation.”

If the Tigers are not in active pursuit that means, as far as I can tell, no one is in active pursuit of Scherzer. Which means that this may be a classic Boras-client-signs-in-late-January kind of thing.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).