During an interview with MLB radio just a day after winning the 2013 American League Cy Young Max Scherzer said he wants to stay with Detroit.
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.”
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.”
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?”
According to the story on ESPN, Scherzer said that the Detroit Tigers have not approached him about an extension.
The fact the Detroit has not approached Scherzer about an extension says they are actively looking to trade him. The value for Scherzer will never be higher than it is now but because he is a free agent after 2014, he will be difficult to trade. Any team acquiring Scherzer in a trade will be renting him for a year. Teams don’t normally like to give up high value prospects for a rental player. So the pool of potential trade partners is limited.
Considering that Detroit is trying to get back to and win the world series coupled with the barriers to a trade, it is a good bet that Max Scherzer remains a Detroit Tiger. At least through 2014.