I know it’s going to sound like I’m beating a dead horse ranting about how good Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher Max Scherzer is, but I’m going to do it anyway. Plus, I’m excellent at beating a dead horse, ask anyone I’ve ever won an argument against or ask the ranch hand at the summer camp I went to before sixth grade.
In a sentiment rarely echoed by residents, Scherzer has stated that he wants to stay in Detroit. He cites that he loves being a part of the winning atmosphere and culture that’s cultivated by GM Dave Dombrowski that’s passed down through manager Jim Leyland and is in turn transferred into the players and the entire organization.
A fair, four-year deal would be ideal. It would secure Scherzer’s status as a Tiger through 2017 in which Scherzer would be 33. These next four-to-five years are typically when starting pitchers achieve the peak production during their careers. Plus, if they can secure him with a reasonable salary, they’ll avoid going to arbitration each year and he will end up being a bargain, baring any severe injuries.
It is a little risky; there could be any number of things that could derail a career. However, with Scherzer in a long-term deal the Tigers can demonstrate loyalty and appreciation for a great player who has performed well under the radar. Also, locking him into a long-term deal can mean future savings when Scherzer is putting up solid numbers in 2015, 2016, or 2017.
Think about it, Dombrowski. I know I’m getting ahead of myself and I know right now your focus is on Spring Training and winning in 2013, but, wrapping up Scherzer for a few years is something that should be discussed.