One of baseball’s most dominant pitchers returns to the East Coast after a temporary stint in California.
Max Scherzer and the New York Mets have agreed to a three-year, $ 130 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The contract includes a withdrawal of players after two years and a full no-trade clause. The person requested anonymity as the deal was not announced.
The deal breaks the average annual value (AAV) record set by the New York Yankees and Gerrit Cole ($ 36 million). Under his new contract, Scherzer will earn more than $ 43 million per year.
Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, spent the second half of last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers following a trade with the Washington Nationals, where he signed a seven-year, $ 210 million contract. dollars before the 2015 season.
The offseason started off slowly for the Mets, who hired Billy Eppler as general manager on Nov. 18 after a search that lasted more than six weeks after the regular season ended and interim general manager Zack Scott was sacked. They made deals with a trio of position players – Eduardo Escobar (two years, $ 20 million), Mark Canha (two years, $ 26.5 million) and Starling Marte (four years, $ 78 million) – Friday and have now stepped up the spin with another a real ace to complete Jacob deGrom.
Scherzer, 37, made his eighth consecutive All-Star Game appearance this summer and led the league in WHIP (0.86) and walks by nine innings (1.8). He led the National League in strikeouts for three consecutive seasons (2016-18) and helped the Nationals win the 2019 World Series.
Since 2013, his first Cy Young season, Scherzer has 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings and a 149 ERA + (100 is a weighted average).
A native of Missouri, Scherzer – a future Hall of Famer – was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who traded him to the Tigers in a three-team trade. who sent Curtis Granderson from Detroit to the Yankees three years later.
He then spent six and a half years in Washington. Now he’ll be on the other side of the NL East rivalry, with a few million more dollars under his belt.
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