BOSTON -- Max Scherzer has one year left on his contract before becoming a free agent. There is already speculation that the Tigers could wind up trading Scherzer, who will likely win the AL Cy Young award, this winter.
Asked if he thought he had pitched his last game for the Tigers, Scherzer said: "That stuff works itself out. There's really nothing for me to say about it."
Scott Boras is Scherzer's agent, and Boras isn't known for having his players sign early and not test the market.
But right now, Scherzer just wishes the Tigers "played better as a team."
"In the end, we fought so hard to get to this position," he said. "And we came up short. The Boston Red Sox, they beat us. That's the way it comes down. That's the way you should write it. They were the better team for this series."
In his Game 6 start of the AL Championship Series, Scherzer had eight strikeouts and five walks--too many, he admitted--in the 5-2 loss to the Red Sox.
"I was making mistakes by walking guys and given them free passes," he said. "Even though I was able to find my way out of some of those jams, you put yourself in enough of those situations, you're going to get beat. I did. In the big inning I let two guys get on, and I need to do better in those situations.
Scherzer gave up a double to Jonny Gomes, then struck out Stephen Drew in the bottom of the seventh. After giving up a walk to rookie Xander Bogaerts, Scherzer was replaced by lefty Drew Smyly. Jacoby Ellsbury reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jose Iglesias to load the bases.
Jose Veras was brought in and gave up the grand slam to Shane Victorino.
"They were patient," Scherzer said of the Red Sox. "I gave some ABs away. They also took some really good pitches, I thought in my eyes. I credit them for doing that. They hit a couple mistakes I got away with a couple mistakes. I thought I pitched well--but not well enough."
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