Max Scherzer picked a good time to have a career season, winning 21 of 24 regular-season decisions while posting a 2.90 ERA, a league-leading 0.970 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), 2.4 BB/9 and 10.1 K/9.
The 29-year-old could also win the AL Cy Young award, which will help his agent negotiate his contract this offseason. He's making $6.73 million this season and will get a nice raise in his last year of arbitration eligibility.
While Scherzer will benefit financially from his breakout performance, it's the Tigers who are in the driver's seat with a chance to cash in a valuable chip this winter.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports is reporting that there is a "very real chance" that Scherzer will be shopped this offseason, a year before he's eligible to become a free agent. As Knobler points out, Scherzer's agent Scott Boras prefers his clients reach free agency while only a year away as opposed to signing a long-term deal.
While the price tag won't be as high as Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, who has two years remaining of team control, the Tigers would not only net a strong return but could re-invest the savings in free agency.
Here are four teams that could potentially put together a trade package for Scherzer.