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    Tigers decision to sit out free-agent spending spree —  cautious or strategic?

    Detroit — Trying to make sense out of what we just witnessed over the last two days and what it may or may not portend for the Tigers.

    More than $977 million in salary commitments were distributed among free-agent players Sunday and Monday. So far this offseason, teams, mostly non-playoff teams, have committed some $1.7 billion to free agents.

    Tigers general manager Al Avila.

    The Texas Rangers, who lost 102 games last season, spent a half a billion dollars on two middle infielders — committing seven years and $175 million to Marcus Semien and 10 years and $325 million to Corey Seager.

    The Rangers total payroll the last four seasons was just a bit over $400 million.

    The Mets, who signed three players on Sunday including Starling Marte for a total of $124.5 million, gave 37-year-old Max Scherzer a three-year deal worth $130 million. The $43 million annual value is the highest ever bestowed on a player.

    More: Tigers not expected to tender a contract to Matthew Boyd

    After the 2014 season, Scherzer enraged late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch by turning up his nose at a contract offer of $120 million. He has since made $287,750,658, including the Mets’ deal.

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