AL Notes: Angels, Tigers, Baker

The Angels, who have reportedly run into difficulties in their negotiations for a new deal to extend the team’s lease in Anaheim, are discussing potential alternative sites in two other California locations, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times: Tustin and, most recently, Irvine. A 2016 opt-out of the team’s current lease is looming in the near future.

  • In his podcast today (audio link),’s Buster Olney touched on several topics relating to the Tigers. Club GM Dave Dombrowski, joining for an interview, said that he is still looking internally first for bullpen solutions, calling it “a little early for clubs to be making trades at this time.”
  • Dombrowski also talked about Robbie Ray, the key piece acquired in the Doug Fister trade. He indicated that Detroit’s evaluators seemingly placed a higher value on Ray than did other teams around the league, saying that Ray “projects to be at least a number-three starter.” Though the club does not expect him to reach that level (let alone his potential ceiling) during his first call-up, Dombrowski said that Ray has thrown well enough at Triple-A to earn a chance to fill in at the big league level.
  • Discussing the Tigers’ reported $144MM extension offer that Max Scherzer declined with fellow ESPN analyst Keith Law, Olney noted that many players and agents he has spoken with felt they would have taken the deal. But the calculating Scherzer — who, in Olney’s opinion, may be the “pitcher’s version of Joey Votto” in terms of his incorporation of statistical analysis into his game — apparently determined that he will hold a good enough hand to warrant the risk of waiting for free agency.
  • Starter Scott Baker has not elected his opt-out clause with the Rangers, tweets Chris Cotillo of, after apparently not finding a major league opportunity elsewhere. If he finds such a chance, however, Baker will be able to opt out at that time, Cotillo adds.

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6 Comments on "AL Notes: Angels, Tigers, Baker"

1 year 3 months ago

Can’t really blame Scherzer for betting on himself. But if he has a bad second half and no one wants to give him 200 million, Boras will certainly blame everyone but his client.

1 year 3 months ago

I agree.
However, there’s got to be something to being with a team you enjoy being a part of. IF he’s very happy with the Tigers org, that’s got to be worth a few million then blindly going with a team like the Cubs where you’d be miserable.

1 year 3 months ago

Not necessarily to Boras.

1 year 3 months ago

Scherzer might be betting on the Cubs getting involved. Major market team that could use an actual ace. They might want to make a big pitching splash with many of their position player prospects arriving soon.

1 year 3 months ago

Yankees/Boston could want him if Kuroda or Lester leave.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 3 months ago

I’m shocked baker didn’t opt out. Must mean a rangers job opportunity is right around the corner