Aug 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers' Max Scherzer to be highest paid pitcher in MLB history?

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Currently working with a 14-4 record, Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is in the midst of yet another Cy Young caliber season and will be entering free agency in a matter of months.

While he’s well behind Justin Verlander and David Price in ‘name value’, when it comes to actual value it sounds as if Max Scherzer could be the most valuable pitcher in baseball. Well, at least according to his upcoming salary as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors believes that Max Scherzer could very likely sign the most lucrative contract for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

I’ve said multiple times in these chats that I think Max Scherzer is going to sign the largest contract for a free agent pitcher in history.

That of course sounds really impressive (and it is), but as salaries continue to grow on a yearly basis it seems that every time a top tier player does hit free agency, they break the record. What is interesting is that Jon Lester will also be a free agent though Adams believes it will be Scherzer who brings home the most coin between the two.

As to where Scherzer lands, it’s unlikely to be back with the Detroit Tigers considering their already elevated payroll and their decision to trade for David Price. Then again, it’s hard to put anything past the Tigers considering their outlandish and over the top moves we’ve seen in recent years.

There have been rumors linking Max Scherzer to the St. Louis Cardinals as well, though it’s not known if they’d be willing to dish out such a massive contract.

Regardless, it’s going to be payday for Max Scherzer in the very near future.

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