The funny thing is that no one is really biting right now. In fact, teams are opting out of the Scherzer sweepstakes.
There is the small issue of the amount of money Scherzer wants, which makes one wonder if he’s asking for too much? Perhaps that is scaring teams off? He IS asking for “Clayton Kershaw” money afterall. Yet, is he really worth $200 million?
It was expected that as soon as Lester signed the dominoes would begin to fall, starting with Scherzer, but that has yet to happen.
Teams that were expected to make a play for Scherzer have pretty much said that he’s too expensive for their taste. The Detroit Tigers have definitively pulled out of the running and it appears the New York Yankees have too.
Scherzer would be a great fit for New York. Their top three starters C.C. Sabbathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda all have injury issues. Beyond that they have Ivan Nova who won’t be ready for Opening Day having undergone Tommy John surgery during the 2014 season.
The Yankees need an ace, someone they can depend on for quality starts like Scherzer but general manager Brian Cashman said,
“Scherzer is on a higher level than we’d like to play in right now.”
Cashman was referring to Scherzer’s cost. If the Yankees are not interested than who is left?
The San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers are all looking for a starter, however, the three teams seem more interested in another very qualified free agent James Shields, who will still command quite a bit but will come much cheaper than Scherzer.
Those teams as well as others like the Houston Astros may even be more willing to trade prospects for Philadelphia Phillies’ premier lefty Cole Hamels than spend the money on Scherzer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers can afford Scherzer but they have all but officially set their starting rotation for 2015 already having the trio of reigning Cy Young Award winner and N.L. MVP Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu.
One of the teams that misses out on Shields may just sign Scherzer but will still probably fight to trade for Cole Hamels before spending $200 million on one guy who’s name is not Clayton Kershaw.
Going into the offseason Scherzer was ranked the number one free agent and now it appears there really isn’t anyone interested in signing him.
It may just come down to Scherzer having to lower his price.
He may be a Cy Young Award winner who even had a good follow up season. Scherzer went 18-5 for the Tigers in 2014 with a 3.15 ERA.
However, some might argue that Scherzer hasn’t signed because of his agent Scott Boras, who is notroious for having his players wait until the new year to choose a team to sign with. He may have convinced the 2013 Cy Young Award winner to wait it out.
Still it doesn’t explain what appears to be a lack of interest.
Even if Boras has convinced Scherzer to wait until January to sign, it just really appears that no one is really interested in signing him, at least not for $200 million.