The Detroit Tigers failed to make it to the World Series this year despite boasting one of the most impressive pitching rotations in the entire league. With two aces anchoring their staff, the Tigers look to be primed for another deep run behind the arms of past Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander and new Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. But according to Yahoo! Sports insider Jeff Passan, one of those two pitcher might not be there next season.
Passan reports that while nothing is imminent, the Tigers are shopping Scherzer to the rest of the league and teams know that he can be acquired if they really want him.
Sources: AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer “definitely in play” in trade talks. Nothing imminent, but teams know he can be had.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2013
The rumor comes on the heals of the Prince Fielder trade, and should a deal go down that includes Scherzer leaving the Tigers, Detroit would make out like bandits. Scherzer is one of the brightest arms in the game today and is in his prime. Cy Young pitchers in their prime don’t always last but are always coveted by teams the don’t have them.
It’s not likely that a deal gets done and the Tigers are probably just casting their lure into deep waters to see if anything will bite. But if a team does throw it’s farm system at the Tigers to acquire Scherzer, it’ll be the win-win deal of the winter.