Max Scherzer Named AL Starter: Do Arizona Diamondbacks Regret Trading Him?

By Devin O'Barr
Max Scherzer pitching for Tigers
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“Crybaby fans” are prevalent in all four major sports. For those of you who don’t know: a crybaby fan is someone who complains about every single move that their beloved team makes — the kind of guy who you want to say “Fine — you go be general manager” to on a daily basis.

Now that you understand, let’s take a look at how the starting pitcher for the American League in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game wound up with the Detroit Tigers. Max Scherzer has brought plenty of wins to Detroit, but the Arizona Diamondbacks are the ones who decided to cut ties with the starter back in 2009. On the surface, the Diamondbacks are forced to watch this year’s All-Star Game with one of their former pitchers starting against them. However, if you dive deeper into the trade you’ll understand that Arizona didn’t completely botch the deal.

Scherzer might be 13-1 this season, but in two years with the D-Backs he had a record of 9-15, so let’s not act like he was an All-Star with the Snakes. With that being said, when Arizona flipped the starter to the American League they received Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, who both had totally different impacts with the club. Jackson only pitched 21 games in the desert prior to being traded back to the AL Central to the Chicago White Sox while Kennedy is still with the Diamondbacks.

In 2011 Kennedy was particularly stellar and finished with a 21-4 record and a 2.88 ERA. Unfortunately for the D-Backs, Kennedy hasn’t been a huge factor since then and is currently 3-6 with a 5.42 ERA.

All in all, the Diamondbacks probably would have been better off keeping the 28-year-old Scherzer, but this three-team deal wasn’t as lopsided as everyone makes it sounds.

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