Detroit Tigers starting pitcher and American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is said to definitely be in play at the 2013 Winter Meetings. It was originally thought that the Tigers were trying to cut spending in order to sign Scherzer to a long-term deal, but it appears they want to see what other teams are willing to offer while the iron’s hot.
“Sources: AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer “definitely in play” in trade talks. Nothing imminent, but teams know he can be had,” tweeted Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
It would be foolish for Detroit to not at least see the kinds of deals that are available for the right-hander. With that being said, I would be shocked if the organization actually traded him. The reason for that is because the Tigers are determined to reach the World Series in 2014 and win it this time around. In order to do that, they will need all the help they can get in the starting rotation, which clearly includes Scherzer.
The fact that the 29-year-old posted the best season of his rather young career means Detroit could see a lot for him. On the other hand, whichever team does decide to trade for him is only doing so with the assumption that they can sign him to an extension because he’s a free agent in 2015. Some may be convinced that a contender could acquire him for just next year as a way to get over the hump. However, I don’t see that happening because Detroit will simply require too much in return for the St. Louis native.
At this point, Scherzer is definitely available but I wouldn’t count on a deal actually going through.