February 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tom Gage

Will Justin Verlander push Max Scherzer to stay in Detroit?

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Pitcher Justin Verlander wanted to stay with the Tigers and made sure it happened when it was time for it to happen.

So will he become a recruiter this season to help make it happen for Max Scherzer as well?

“I don’t think I need to be a recruiter,” Verlander said Tuesday at his locker in the Tigers’ clubhouse in Lakeland, Fla.

“You know Max, he will make his own decisions — he’s his own guy — but I don’t think he needs to be recruited. He’s made it loud and clear he wants to stay in Detroit.

“Whether that’s possible or not, I don’t know. But what this organization has done, the success it has had, has recruited him.”

Good points, Justin.

But as you say, and this remains the great unknown, it is still undetermined “whether that’s possible.”



Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander says he doesn't have to convince Max Scherzer to stay in Detroit. / Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News
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