Scherzer, 29, has been the subject of heavy trade rumors this offseason as the Tigers are reportedly looking to shed the possible $14 million he is expected to receive in arbitration.
Scherzer is currently the epitome of "sell high". If Detroit waits until the season starts, the return on a trade may diminish greatly.
If the team does not believe they can sign Scherzer to an agreement, a trade makes the most sense. If he leaves in free agency, the Tigers would receive just a sandwich pick in the 2015 draft assuming they make him a qualifying offer. The Tigers need to be wary of their financials with Miguel Cabrera needing an extension soon.
Scherzer had a true breakout season in 2013, posting a 2.90 ERA and league-leading 0.97 WHIP to go with 240 strikeouts in 214⅓ innings pitched. Along with Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma, Scherzer is a finalist for the 2013 AL Cy Young award.