Max Scherzer is rumored to be seeking a three-year deal worth $130 million to join Mets
The Associated Press noted that eight-time All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer is on a $130 million, three-year deal with the New York Mets.
Because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a physical, the person spoke on an anonymity day.
The $43.33 million average salary would easily set a baseball record, breaking the $36 million Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole's $324 million, nine-year contract.
Scherzer, a 37-year-old righthander, would have the right to opt out after the 2023 season to become a free agent again, even if he has agreed to buy any deals. Scherzer also receives a no-trade clause, requiring his approval for any transactions.
Scherzer was 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA last season for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him on July 30. He struck out 236 and walked 36 in 17913 innings, averaging 94.4 m.p.h. with his fastball in the final season of a $210 million, seven-year agreement that included $105 million in deferred money payable from 2022-28.
He is 190-97, having a 3.16 ERA in 14 major league seasons for Arizona (2008-09), Detroit (2010-14), Washington, and the Dodgers.
Scherzer rejoins a rotation headed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, who didn't pitch after July 7 because of right forearm tightness. Scherzer has won the AL Cy Young in 2013 and consecutive NL Cy Youngs in 2016 and 2017.
The Mets lost out on lefthander Steven Matz, whose $44 million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals was to be finalized Monday, after Tommy John surgery.
New York has pending transactions with center fielder Starling Marte ($78 million for four years), outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha, and infielder Eduardo Escobar, all relying on outstanding physicals.