Don’t drool too hard over Max Scherzer, fans of free-spending baseball teams outside Detroit. The Tigers have told other clubs they have no intention of trading the 29-year-old 20-game winner.
Scherzer’s name comes up in trade speculation because he’s going into the last year of his contract, and it doesn’t look like Detroit will be able to lock him down before he hits free agency. But Detroit is rolling into 2014 expecting to contend, and to do that they will need Scherzer. So they’re willing to roll the dice.
Their thinking could change if their season happens to go south before the trade deadline.
Scherzer became a full-fledged media darling last postseason for his gutty performance. You have to love a guy who puts up great numbers and brings such competitive fire to the mound.
Such pitchers are expensive however. Detroit doesn’t have the money right now apparently, even after trading away Prince Fielder.
Scherzer doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who will let an unsettled contract situation distract or bother him during the season. He just wants to go out there and deal death. Eye of the Tiger.