Friday, December 26, 2014

Max Scherzer Is Officially On The Clock...

The Christmas holiday is over and while things around Major League Baseball generally stay quiet until after the new year the game's best free agent is still available and is officially on the clock. Max Scherzer, a well known Scott Boras client, was the best available free agent coming into the winter and was not expected to sign a deal during the 2014 calendar year anyway. Where will Scherzer land now that he has officially been put on the clock by the staff here at TGP?

Surprisingly there are no real obvious suitors or front runners right now for Scherzer unless you consider Detroit retaining the right hander for a "discount" or the Washington National (and that's only if they trade Jordan Zimmerman). San Francisco presumably needs another starter to go along with Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy but fiscal restraints will likely keep them out of the race for Scherzer as well as the New York Yankees who are penny pinching right now with six starting pitchers including Ivan Nova already penciled into the rotation. 

The Dodgers can never be counted out of things, especially this offseason, and it's also worth mentioning that the Cardinals could add a starter and Max is a St. Louis native. Boston has been throwing around money and players like it's going out of style and would really distance themselves from everyone else in the American League East if they were to sign Scherzer. Another AL East team that needs Scherzer, although seems unlikely to pursue him, is the Toronto Blue Jays who only boast young arms in Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchinson along with RA Dickey and Mark Buehrle. 

I said all that to say this, I have no idea where Scherzer is going and I don't think Max, Scott Boras or anyone else does either. Really though, I'm predicting the Cubs just because of how insane that staff would be. 

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