It is no secret that the Detroit Tigers are shopping Max Scherzer. It is not often that a reigning Cy Young award winner is on the trading block (ask R.A Dickey).
Scherzer, who went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA is scheduled to make at least $20 million this season if the Tigers do not trade him. The Tigers would love to lock him up to a long term deal, but their payroll would take a huge hit. They already have three players who are making $20 million a year ( Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder). Also Scherzer’s agent is Scott Boras, who has been known as a tough negotiator and a super agent. Just ask this small child and his grandmother.
While teams like the Nationals, Red Sox and Dodgers are interested in Mr. Scherzer’s services, one team that might pull off a trade with the Tigers is the Yankees.
The Yankees have been known to pull off unexpected trades during the offseason. They are reportedly in the market for a starting pitcher. If the Yankees pull off a trade, it would bolster the rotation tremendously. The entire Yankees starting pitching ERA last season was 3.94, which was 18th in baseball. Scherzer ranked 5th in the American League in ERA.
The Yankees rotation did not strikeout much batters this season. CC Sabathia lead the staff in strikeouts with 175 in 211 innings pitched. Scherzer struck out 240 batters in 214.1 innings pitched. Yankees sorely lacked a strikeout pitcher this season and Scherzer would fill that need right away.
The only question with Scherzer is can he do well at Yankee Stadium? Comerica Park has always been known as a pitchers ballpark but Yankee Stadium is known as a hitters ballpark. Scherzer only gave up 18 home runs during the year but if he joins the team he has to look out for that short porch in right field.