If the Detroit Tigers trade Max Scherzer this offseason, they’ll be dealing away the reigning Cy Young Award winner. Scherzer received 28 of 30 first-place votes, with his teammate Anibal Sanchez and Chicago’s Chris Sale each picking up one each.
Scherzer, with 203 voting points overall (first-place votes count for five, second for four, etc.), took home the honor in convincing fashion over Texas’ Yu Darvish (93 points) and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma (73).
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Sanchez (46 points) finished in fourth place, two points ahead of Sale.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander won the award in 2011, then finished second — by a measly four points — to Tampa Bay’s David Price in 2012. Still, the Tigers have now won two of the past three AL Cy Youngs and should have multiple candidates for the honor in 2014.
Whether or not Scherzer is among that group remains to be seen. Rumors that the Tigers have been gauging interest for a possible Scherzer trade have circulated in recent days. Scherzer will head to arbitration for his 2014 contract, then could become a free agent after the season. Reportedly, Rick Porcello and Doug Fister also could be on the trade block as Detroit tries to find a spot in the starting rotation for Drew Smyly and attempts to shed some salary.
“It doesn’t affect this moment at all,” Scherzer told the MLB Network of the trade rumors. “I’m just enjoying this moment.”