Max Scherzer is still waiting to be signed, and one of the bigger free agent names available is atop the Tigers' list of needs. According to Tony Paul of DetriotNews.com, Detriot feels it needs to add Scherzer because of questions with regard to the futures of David Pice, Justin Verlander, and Anibal Sanchez.
Scherzer, 30, posted a 3.15 ERA and 2.85 FIP in 220.1 innings pitched last season. He has been durable throughout the course of his career, and is reportedly seeking a contract that is worth over $200 million, however given the starting pitching market, with Jon Lester signing a $155 million deal with the Cubs, that might not be realistic. Scherzer's contract could also depend on the deal James Shields gets, if he signs first.
Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post spoke to general managers from six of the seven teams Scherzer has been linked to, with the consensus being a deal does not appear to be imminent.
Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry DiPoto told the Los Angeles Times the organization has not spoken with "any free agent pitchers at all," and that the organization is comfortable with its rotation as it is.
While the Angels have not been connected to starting pitchers this offseason, the Dodgers are in a similar situation. Farhan Zaidi told the Times the Dodgers have no "plans to pursue those kind of guys" at this time.
New York has been seeking starting pitching this offseason, but Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told the Post he did not think Yankee fans "will be looking at Max Scherzer."
Boston had been linked to several free agents this offseason, but Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington said the team is looking to add pieces to the bullpen between now and the start of spring training.
San Francisco is not looking to add a starter since it resigned Jake Peavy last month, and GM Brian Sabean said "we don't plan to be engaged with Scherzer."
At the end of the Winter Meetings, the Tigers noted they were "not in active pursuit of that [Scherzer] situation," however the current market and internal issues could have led to them changing their minds.
Scott Boras, who represents Scherzer, has a history of exploring the market and waiting for the perfect deal. Adding Scherzer will not cost a team a draft pick, but he may not sign any time soon.