Don't count on Max Scherzer coming to Boston. (Getty Images)

Don't count on Max Scherzer coming to Red Sox

Rob Bradford
December 29, 2014 - 8:39 am

It never made sense, and still doesn't. Don't hold your breath for the Red Sox to swoop and sign Max Scherzer. When trying to identify landing spots for the free agent pitcher, the Red Sox keep coming up on the list. As was noted in a column today, the Sox have the need for a top of the rotation pitcher, they have money and they have shown a willingness to extend to six years for a premier starting pitcher relatively the same age as Jon Lester. (Scherzer is six months younger than Lester.) A recent poll on MLB Trade Rumors put the Red Sox as the fourth-most logical new home for Scherzer, narrowly behind the Cardinals. It makes for good conversation, but not realistic outcomes. The Red Sox always valued Lester over Scherzer, so the idea that they would extend beyond the six-year, $135 million offer made the lefty for Scherzer isn't plausible. One major league source familiar with the Red Sox' thinking believes the notion of the Red Sox being a player in the Scherzer talks is driven by a desire to use the Sox as leverage against what many believe to be the most legitimate Scherzer suitor, the Yankees. By all accounts, the Red Sox are more than willing to see what they have in their current group of starters and go from there. They seem to particularly be intrigued by what Joe Kelly could emerge into, with at very least the newly-acquired trio of Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson have enough of a recent history to supply much needed quality innings. It's not to say the Red Sox won't be on the lookout for an ace. But they have also come to the conclusion that such an acquisition may be more realistically explored months from now. It's not likely that Scherzer will slide into something like a one-year, pillow contract (there's no way, Scott Boras goes that route in an offseason his client's most logical comp hauls in a record deal with the Cubs). It's hard to believe the Yankees won't be a player, with the Tigers and Giants (with James Shields a more likely scenario) possibly looming. The Red Sox? Don't count on it. [poll id=101]