As you can see, Knobler at CBS Sports, is starting the rumor of Scherzer being traded this offseason because his stock will most likely never be higher and the Tigers cannot dish out another $18-$20 million due to Verlander, Cabrera, Fielder, and Sanchez. Now, Hunter and Martinez will both be off the books next year; the same year that Scherzer will be a free agent. Do we take that money and re-sign him or do we trade him for MAJOR LEAGUE READY PLAYERS; not prospects.
That said, here is the trade that I suggest if we cannot re-sign him:
Giancarlo Stanton (he will play LF)
We replace Scherzer with a good young pitcher and solve our LF problem. After next year, when Castellanos is ready and Hunter is a FA, we will move Stanton back to his RF and put Castellanos at LF.
Now in my opinion, Hunter and Martinez are playing years younger than their age and those guys do not seem like they want to stop playing after their contracts are up. I would like to have them both back which sorta makes Castellanos expendable. Trade him? I would not want to but we may have to.
Now this is our problem. We currently have a $148M payroll. That includes all players on our roster. Next year, Fielder, Cabrera, Verlander, Hunter, Martinez, and Sanchez will equate to $107M on their own. That doesn't including signing or arbitration-eligible players such as Scherzer, Jackson, Infante, Iglesias, Porcello, Fister, Avila, Smyly etc. That is why a trade is more imminent that we think.