NEW YORK (WXOW/AP) -- Former La Crosse Logger Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers has easily won the AL Cy Young Award after leading the major leagues with 21 victories.
Scherzer was the only 20-game winner in baseball. He ranked second in the majors with 240 strikeouts and was fifth in the AL with a 2.90 ERA.
Scherzer drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes in results released Wednesday in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Scherzer can become a free agent after the 2014 season, and the Tigers are trying to figure out if they can afford him along with all their other stars such as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. That's prompted talk they might trade Scherzer before opening day.
"I love it here in Detroit," Scherzer said on a conference call. "Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?"
"The business side will take care of itself," he said. "It really depends on what Detroit wants to do."
Scherzer and agent Scott Boras said they're open to talking to the Tigers about an extension.
The 29-year-old righty smiled and raised both arms when the Cy Young results were announced.
"It's unbelievable. It just vindicates everything I've done," Scherzer said, acknowledging all the run support he received from Detroit's powerful lineup probably helped his candidacy.
"I've been working so hard all these years to get better and better," he added. "I think I took a big step forward in 2013."
Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Young voting. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners was third.
Scherzer pitched for the La Crosse Loggers in 2004 while attending the University of Missouri. That summer, he went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts according to the team.
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