Scherzer, Mets finalize $130 million, 3-year deal

NEWYORK – Mets owner Steve Cohen promises to do his best to bring the World Series back to New York.

Enter Max Scherzer, the newest ace in Queens.

The Mets and three-time Cy Young Award winner closed a $130 million, three-year deal on Wednesday, a deal that broke baseball’s record for highest average salary and make a historic 1-2 impression on top of New York with Jacob deGrom.

37-year-old Scherzer will earn $43.33 million a year, 20% more than the previous figure, $36 million Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole is making $324 million on average, a nine-year contract signed before the 2020 season. Scherzer has the right to decline after the 2023 season and become a free agent again.

The eight-time All-Star was 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA last season with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, who got him on July 30. He’s lost a game after May 30 and especially Distinctive dominated in his first nine games starting with LA, winning 7-0 with a 0.78 ERA.


However, he ran out of breath after heavy use in the post-season, unable to start Game 6 of the NL Championship Series against Atlanta as planned due to hand fatigue. The Dodgers lost that game to end the series.

Scherzer hit 236 and walked 36 in 179 1/3 innings, averaging 94.4 mph with his fast ball in the final season of his $210 million, seven-year contract that included $105 million. la late payment payable from 2022-28.

He received no bonus for signing with the Mets but was eligible for $1.15 million in performance bonuses per season under the deal – $100,000 for being an All-Star team, $200,000 each to win Cy Young or MVP Award, $150,000 for runner-up in Cy Young Voting or MVP, $50,000 for third place in Cy Young or MVP vote, $150,000 for World Series MVP win and $100,000 for the LCS MVP win. The deal would lift his career earnings to at least $370 million.


Distinct and intimidating with blue eyes on the right and brown eyes on the left – a condition known as Heterochromia Iridis – Scherzer is 190-97 with an ERA of 3.16 in 14 major league seasons for Arizona (2008-09) , Detroit (2010-14), Washington and the Dodgers.

Scherzer lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, a few blocks from the Mets spring training complex in Port St. Lucie about an hour’s drive.

He won his first Cy Young in 2013 with Detroit, followed by consecutive best pitcher awards in 2016 and ’17 with Washington. He finished third in this year’s NL poll behind Corbin Burnes of Milwaukee and Zack Wheeler of Philadelphia.

DeGrom won the Cy Young Awards in 2018 and ’19, and Scherzer will be the seventh multiple Cy Young winner to throw for the Mets – also Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Bret Saberhagen, Johan Santana and Tom Seaver. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is more than two more than any other franchise.


Scherzer and deGrom will be the seventh teammate to play against each other after winning many Cy Youngs. Scherzer did just that with Clayton Kershaw last season, and the Mets have paired twice before with Martinez-Santana in 2008 and Martinez-Glavine from 2005-07.

Scherzer threw two championships, both in 2015, and one of them was against the Mets at Citi Field.

With the baseball team potentially locked down when the collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday night, Scherzer is a member of the league’s eight-player executive subcommittee.

His deal, like Cole’s, was negotiated by his agent Scott Boras.


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