Max Scherzer: Don't want to be traded
Scherzer, speaking to MLB Network Radio, said he wants to remain with the team despite the chance to become a free agent with his contract expiring after the 2014 season.
"I don't want to be traded," Scherzer said. "I got a great thing going in Detroit, we have a great team. I hope they don't mess with it. I want to be a Detroit Tiger and hopefully get back to the playoffs and try to do the ultimate goal and win something for the city of Detroit."
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Agent Scott Boras, typically not known for negotiating contract extensions for high-profile players on the cusp of free agency, said Wednesday that Scherzer will keep an open mind if the Tigers approach him.
But Scherzer, 29, told MLB Network Radio no dialogue on an extension had taken place, saying he realizes trade speculation and rumors are part of the business after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Tigers in 2009.
"When you've been traded before in your career, you get the business side of the game," he said. "You also get the payroll obligations that we have in Detroit. I get it. I get there's an element where there's a possibility of would it make sense for Detroit to trade me."
Scherzer, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA this season to make his first All-Star team and join Justin Verlander as the second Cy Young Award winner on the Detroit staff. As an arbitration-eligible player, Scherzer is in line for a substantial increase from the $6.73 million he earned last season.
The Tigers advanced to the AL Championship Series before losing in six games to the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Manager Jim Leyland then retired, and the Tigers hired former veteran player Brad Ausmus to replace him.
"We got a great team. We got great guys around," Scherzer said to MLB Network Radio. "I got great teammates around me. And then we got Miguel Cabrera. Who would want to leave and actually face that guy?"
During an interview Tuesday at the general managers meetings, Detroit general manager David Dombrowski declined to address the recent trade rumors surrounding Scherzer or any other speculation over the pitcher's future with the team.
"We like Max, and he likes Detroit," Dombrowski said. "We'll see what happens."
Information from ESPN.com senior writer Jerry Crasnick was used in this report.
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