After losing out on the big prize of this past off-season, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the D-Backs are poised to make another run at a marquee free agent starter next year. Only this time, it's a pitcher they have already had their hands on.
After this upcoming 2014 season, barring a contract extension, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher and reigning Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will hit the free agent market. If he makes it to the open market, the D-Backs should strongly consider making an offer.
In 2009, the D-Backs traded Scherzer to Detroit as a part of a 3-team trade that also involved the New York Yankees. In return, Arizona received pitchers Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. Scherzer has developed into a strong starter since being traded to Detroit and is capable of being the ace of a pitching staff.
His two years pitching for Arizona weren't spectacular as he went a combined 9-15 in the win-loss column during 2008-09. His last four years in Detroit have been much more impressive. Scherzer has gone 64-19 in the win-loss column from 2010 to 2013 and won the Cy Young Award last season after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, according to Basebal-Reference.com.
After offering a massive contract to Tanaka this off-season, the D-Backs front office probably wouldn't be opposed to offering another massive contract to Scherzer, if he chooses to test the market. By signing Scherzer, the D-Backs will have a true number one starter and a really nice 1-2 punch that would include Patrick Corbin.
Of course, that is a long ways a way but it's just something to keep in mind this year! What do you guys think?