The New York Mets don’t usually give their fans a lot to get excited about. That changed, at least temporarily, on Monday when the franchise signed All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer. According to Jon Heyman, the deal will be for three years at $130 million.
Max Scherzer and the Mets are finalizing $130M, 3-year deal. Minor details to go only.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2021
At $43.3 million, that will give Scherzer the largest average annual value of any player in Major League Baseball. The Mets reportedly beat out the Dodgers, Giants, and Angels for his services.
While the 37-year-old is joining the fifth team of his 15-year career, Scherzer has consistently been among the best pitchers in the league throughout. In stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers, Scherzer has amassed a World Series championship, eight All-Star appearances, and three Cy Young Awards. He has led the league in wins four times, led the National League in strikeouts three times, and pitched two no-hitters in the same year (2015). His career record is 190-97 with a 3.16 ERA and 3,020 strikeouts.
Last season, Scherzer finished third in NL Cy Young voting, going 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 236 strikeouts in split service between the Nationals and Dodgers. After being traded to LA, he went 11-0 in starts with a 1.98 ERA.
The signing means that assuming everyone is healthy, the Mets could have two of the best pitchers in the NL in their rotation. Scherzer joins Jacob deGrom, giving the Mets a pitching potential they haven’t had in years. The team also clearly seems to be making very strategic moves, recently acquiring center fielder Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar.
It’s safe to say that a lot of people around MLB, especially Mets fans and media members, approved of the deal.
Absolutely sensational, Mets. Wow. Changes everything. https://t.co/j28ZN8ibsT
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) November 29, 2021
Good luck against the top two in the rotation. DeGrom and Scherzer will mow through lineups. #Mets https://t.co/6nq2QoVF95
— Orri Benatar (@obenatar512) November 29, 2021
— Ryan Finkelstein (@FinkelsteinRyan) November 29, 2021
Awesome for the Mets.
Awesome for baseball.
Awesome for Scherzer.
Dodgers, Giants, Yankees…………..
WHAT IS YOU DOIN BABYYYYY??? https://t.co/2aSClKQCy5
— Talkin’ Jake (Trevor) Story (@TalkinJake) November 29, 2021
— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) November 29, 2021
Of course, the Mets are the Mets. So you can expect a lot of New York fans to start wondering when all of this will blow up in their face. Regardless, if the Mets want to compete with the defending champion Atlanta Braves and keep pace with the rest of the National League, this was the kind of deal they needed to make.