Hot Stove Talk: Max Scherzer

November, 18, 2013
11/18/13
7:30
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Note: This is part of our Hot Stove Talk series, which profiles free agents and looks at possible trades the Texas Rangers could make this offseason.

Today's player: Max Scherzer

It seems impossible that the Detroit Tigers would consider trading Max Scherzer, who beat out Rangers ace Yu Darvish for the American League Cy Young Award announced Wednesday night.

But the Tigers might be willing to listen to offers for a pitcher who went 21-3 to win his first Cy Young. Scherzer is a free agent at the end of the 2014 season. Detroit might be looking to cut payroll, and Scherzer has Scott Boras as an agent.

Basically, the Tigers have a decision to make.

Boras told ESPN.com's Jerry Craznick on Wednesday that Scherzer is open to talking about a contract extension. Clients of Boras have been more willing in the last two years when it comes to agreeing to extensions -- see Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and his $120 millon deal.

Still, if Scherzer is in fact available, don't the Rangers have to at least make a pitch? The Tigers will want a big haul of prospects, but the price for Scherzer may be less than say Tampa Bay's David Price, who the Rays are expected to try to deal this winter, with the Rangers considered to be among the favorites.

Scherzer could be a nice alternative.

Why he makes sense: If the Rangers are going to add pitching, acquiring a No. 1 or 2 starter via a trade is the way to go. The free agent market leans heavily to hitters. Scherzer would have to be right there with Price as the guy to go after -- if he's available. Scherzer, 29, has several great seasons left in him after a breakout campaign that saw him go 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

Why he doesn't make sense: Because the price will be high and it would be a shock if the Tigers dealt him. Scherzer would fit perfectly in the Rangers' rotation. It's just a question of whether Detroit really wants to trade him.

Bottom line: Acquiring Scherzer at first glance seems like a long shot. But if the Tigers truly want to listen, the Rangers have to inquire.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182