Max Scherzer understands why the Detroit Tigers may have to consider trading him.

He just doesn't want it to happen.

The newly minted American League Cy Young award winner will be in the final year of his contract in 2014 and is expected to receive a hefty raise in arbitration. If the Tigers don't think they can sign him to an extension, then what?

"I get it. I get there's an element where there's a possibility where it would make sense for Detroit to trade me," Scherzer told Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

"But at the same time, I don't want to be traded. I've got a great thing going in Detroit. We have a great team. I hope they don't mess with it."

Detroit president Dave Dombrowski has indicated he'd like to have left-hander Drew Smyly in the starting rotation next season, so that means Scherzer — along with perhaps Rick Porcello or Doug Fister — are trade candidates.