Just give the money to Max Scherzer.

That probably was the initial reaction of many Detroit Tigers fans upon hearing the news that Prince Fielder, and his monster contract, had been traded Wednesday.

In order to acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler and ship Fielder to the Texas Rangers, Detroit also will include $30 million. But, that still gives the franchise some financial flexibility that didn't exist two days ago.

Scherzer, the AL Cy Young award winner, is in the final year of his contract and is due a hefty raise in arbitration. But he's also said he's open to discussing an extension with Detroit to keep him off the open market.

Does the Fielder trade make a Scherzer extension more feasible?

"It makes it perhaps more possible," president Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday night.

"We're in a situation where we have a lot of stars on our club. You can only be in a position where you have so many of those types of players. Does it make it probable? I could not say that. It gives us more flexibility as we move forward."

The 29-year-old Scherzer was 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2013. He made $6.725 million in 2013 and his salary could jump to more than $13 million with arbitration.

Detroit extended the contract of Justin Verlander last offseason and also re-signed Anibal Sanchez. Miguel Cabrera has two years remaining on his current contract (at $22 million per season) and indicated Wednesday that he's open to extension talks, too.