Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has significant injuries to both shins that are expected to keep him out at least until the All-Star break and could force him to miss most or all of the 2014 season, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com on Saturday.
The Detroit Tigers announced Sunday morning that they have reached their self-imposed deadline for negotiating a contract extension with the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner and will not discuss a contract with him until the offseason.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski repeatedly referred to the offer as "substantial" or "very substantial" and said it would have placed Scherzer among the highest paid pitchers in baseball.
"We made him an offer that would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball," Dombrowski said.
Dombrowski said it was a personal record for the largest offer to a player that had been turned down.
"It's a record for me," Dombrowski said. "I can't speak for other people."
Scherzer said entering spring training that he would not negotiate during the season, so the deadline for negotiations would be the end of spring training. Dombrowski said the Tigers worked with Scherzer and agent Scott Boras with a deadline of Thursday in mind.
That deadline obviously passed without a deal.
"We made a substantial offer," Dombrowski said, "and they didn't think it was substantial enough."
An industry source told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that the Tigers' offer to Scherzer was for a slightly lower figure than the $25.7 million per year that Justin Verlander received in the extension he signed last spring, but still would have placed Scherzer among the top six highest-paid pitchers in baseball by average annual value of the deal.
That would mean the offer would have averaged at least $24 million a year. The only pitchers currently earning that much or more are the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($30.7 million per year), Verlander, the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez ($25 million per year), the Dodgers' Zack Greinke ($24.5 million per year), the New York Yankees' CC Sabathia ($24.4 million per year), and the Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee ($24 million per year) and Cole Hamels ($24 million per year).
Faced with the likelihood that shortstop Jose Iglesias won't play this season, the Detroit Tigers traded for a second shortstop in four days Monday, acquiring veteran Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles for utilityman Steve Lombardozzi.
The trade for Gonzalez follows a trade from Friday, when Detroit acquired shortstop Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Jose Alvarez.
Gonzalez bats right-handed, while Romine is a switch-hitter, so it's possible the two will form a platoon at shortstop with Iglesias out of the lineup. The Tigers announced last week that Iglesias would miss four to six months with stress fractures in both shins and is unlikely to play this season.