Should the Braves attempt to trade for Scherzer?
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that despite rumblings, he has not had any serious discussions about trading Max Scherzer this offseason.
That doesn't mean that he won't consider trading the favorite for the AL Cy Young award this season, just that he hasn't had any discussions of the sort just yet. Scherzer is set to become a free agent after the 2014 season, and if the Tigers are unable to come to terms on a long-term extension, it may make sense to see what they could get for him via trade. However, it could just be posturing on Dombrowski's part in an attempt to gain leverage in negotiations with Scherzer's agent Scott Boras.
Yes, Scott Boras is his agent and he is going to get at least $20m a season and 5 or 6 years.
But he is only making $10m next season and the Braves could probably afford to give him $20m over 5 seasons. That's good money.
I don't think one Cy Young is going to get him more than that. Everyone regrets these CC Sabathia deals and I think the bigger teams are going to balk at that.
But the Tigers would probably like La Stella and I could see them asking for Medlen as they'd want a major league ready replacement with a few more Arbitration Years. We might have to part with Jonny Venters or Dan Carpenter to give them possible Closer options.