The time for debating whether or not Max Scherzer is going to be traded might be over soon as the Detroit Tigers are known to be openly listening to trade offers for their new ace starting pitcher. Questioning now should shift to how it would affect the Tigers if they were to actually trade Scherzer. The business of baseball appears ready to strike at the heart of the Tigers starting staff whether they are ready for it or not. Other than the obvious pros and cons of the trade, what deeper impact would the trade have?
For me the obvious impact would fall to the depth of the starting staff. There is little doubt that the Tigers would get at least one MLB ready starter in return for Scherzer but that wouldn’t do anything for the depth at the front of the staff. Where last year they enjoyed Justin Verlander, Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez they would only have Verlander and Sanchez. If Verlander has a down year or Sanchez gets injured then the entire season could potentially be shot.
Of course Scherzer isn’t a miracle worker. He wouldn’t be able to carry the team by himself either, no matter how much money he was paid. The same dangers are there no matter what especially if not trading Scherzer would mean a trade of another big name which is entirely possible. In the end the Tigers should ensure they get enough good pitching talent in return for Scherzer to improve their depth and protect against the effect of an injury to another starter.