What was the best day of Max Scherzer's offseason? If you thought he was going to say the day he avoided arbitration by signing a one-year $6.725 million contract with the Tigers, you'd be wrong. That had to be a big day for him, of course. But the day that had him "jumping for joy", he said, was in December when the Cleveland Indians traded Scherzer's nemesis, Shin-Soo Choo, to the Cincinnati Reds. Choo was 12-for-21 against Scherzer while he played with the Indians. "As soon as it happened, I was happy," said Scherzer, who was more of a tormentor of hitters last year than tormented by them en route to a 16-7 season, his best as a Tiger. Not only did he take a big step in his career, but Scherzer cleared a possible hurdle with management by amicably avoiding arbitration — an agreement that left him saying he would be open to a long-term contract, but that the one-year pact had to be hammered out first. "The Tigers do a good job of signing their players," he said — and by signing them, they keep the path open to a longer agreement. Getting Justin Verlander signed to his next contract is probably a bigger priority to the Tigers at this point, but retaining Scherzer could be on a nearby burner as well. But Scherzer can't be a free agent until after the 2015 season, so there's plenty of time for the two sides to discuss — and perhaps eventually to get it done. From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130213/SPORTS0104/302130308#ixzz2Kn5DNYRO