Dave Dombrowski doesn't know whether the Detroit Tigers will be able to sign reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a long-term extension.

But he does know that he certainly hasn't informed other teams that it won't get done.

"That's not accurate," he said when asked to comment about an ESPN report claiming the Tigers have told teams they're not optimistic about getting an extension done.

"We’ve never told anybody that we wouldn’t be able to sign him," Dombrowski said.

He added: "I don’t know if we can sign him or not."

And that's largely because the Tigers and Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, haven't started the negotiation process.

"We have not had any contract discussions at all at this point," he said. "We would love to keep Max and sign him long-term, but that process has not started.”

A free agent at the end of the 2014 season, Scherzer is projected to garner a long-term contract that could pay him more than $200 million.

As it stands, it's unlikely the two sides will be able to work out an extension before the start of the season. Much of that reasoning is based on Boras' history of asking clients to enter free agency in an effort to create a bidding war and drive up the asking price.