On Dec. 8, 2009, The Tigers made an underrated trade that would bring them much success. The Tigers completed a three-team trade involving the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Tigers acquired Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth from the Diamondbacks, while also picking up Phil Coke from the Yankees.
Scherzer would be the diamond out of the deal, performing above expectations to be one of the best pitchers in baseball during his time in Detroit. He won his first Cy Young award in 2013 while finishing with a record of 82-35, an ERA of 3.52, 1,081 strikeouts, and a 1.19 WHIP. While in Detroit, he made up one of the best rotations the Detroit Tigers have ever had. That rotation involved, Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Anibal Sanchez, and Doug Fister.
While Scherzer had an amazing stop in Detroit, he was granted free agency on October 30, 2014. He then signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals on January 21, 2015