Scherzer gives former catcher Pena a Rolex as token of appreciation

Tigers starter Max Scherzer is due to score a big contract in free agency.

Tommy Gilligan

Pena spent only 2013 in Detroit, where he appeared in 71 games and split duties with Alex Avila. Mad Max finished that season with a 2.90 ERA, a 21-3 record and 240 strikeouts in 214 innings pitched.

Scherzer earned $15.5 million on a one-year deal with Detroit in 2014. If he had waited until the next contract he’ll secure as a free agent, Scherzer may have owed Pena more like a Mercedes.