As each day passes, the Detroit Tigers are getting closer and closer to the trade deadline. The one trade they may have to make may involve starting pitcher Max Scherzer.
Scherzer turned down a 6-year deal worth $144 million dollars before the season started and is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. It does not appear Scherzer wants to stay in Detroit.
That being said, a deal that involves sending Scherzer somewhere to get something in return is always a possibility.
Now just to clarify, I don’t see this happening if the Tigers are going all in with Scherzer knowing that he is one of their best chances to win the World Series this year. There obviously are reasons why they could make a deal though.
Left-handed pitcher and Tigers prospect Robbie Ray is looked at as one of the next pitchers to enter that rotation. He has shown in his couple starts this year that while he may still be developing, he has a lot of potential to be a solid starting pitcher. That could be one route that the Tigers are looking to go with if they don’t decide to trade Scherzer and he leaves town.
If they are willing to trade Scherzer, one trade that could be great for the Tigers would be getting Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price.
Now call me crazy or whatever you want to call me, but just hear me out.
Price and Scherzer share a common interest as they have both won the Cy Young award the past two seasons with Price winning in 2012 and Scherzer winning in 2013.
Price is one of the best pitchers on the market right now and besides wins and losses, statistically Price is having the better year between the two. Price has more strikeouts, a lower ERA, and a better WHIP than Scherzer does. The Rays have shown interest in dealing Price to another team and while it may not be an even trade in some eyes, maybe both pitchers would be willing to work out a long-term deal with each other’s new teams if any trade was to happen.
Now some other names on the market that could catch the eyes of GM Dave Dombrowski include Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields, and San Diego Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Any trade can happen at anytime if the right price is available.
While Dombrowski has said that the Tigers trade market only revolves in trying to find a middle relief pitcher, if the right offer is available for Scherzer, look for the GM to make the trade happen.