After a weekend of rumours, Max Scherzer and the Mets are close to striking a multi-season deal, a source told MLB.com’s John Paul Morrosi on Sunday night. The team did not confirm the news.
Scherzer, 37, is a free agent for the first time since signing a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals after the 2014 season.
The right-hander won two Cy Young Awards and a World Series award in Washington, made two no injuries and 20 strikes, and scored a 2.75 ERA with 1,699 strikes in 1,297 innings. Scherzer finished in the top five in the Cy Young vote in six of those seven years, including third in 2021.
The Missouri native is one of 10 pitchers to have received three Cy Young Awards. The exclusive group includes Hall of Famers such as Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton, Greg Maddox, Sandy Kovacs, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer and Pedro Martinez, as well as Roger Clemens, Clayton Kershaw and Scherzer.
Scherzer had also hit his 3000th career goal on 12 September, becoming the club’s 19th member.
Scherzer traded with the Dodgers in mid-2021 and continued his dominance in Los Angeles, scoring 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA, 89 strikes and just eight walks in 68.1 innings for the Dodgers. In all, Scherzer scored 2.46 ERA and 0.86 WHIP, career best records.
Scherzer began his path in professional baseball with the linebacker D after Arizona took him with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft. After two seasons with the linebacker D, he was traded to the Tigers in a three-team move. in December. 2009 which also featured the Yankees.
Scherzer turned pro in Detroit, helping the Tigers reach the 2012 World Championships and winning their first Cy Young title the following year.