New York Mets offer Max Scherzer more than $40 million annually

Vincent Frank
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Max Scherzer remains one of the top MLB free agents with a likely work stoppage pending on December 1. The future Hall of Fame pitcher dominated with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, pitching to a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA and 0.86 WHIP while striking out 236 batters in 179.1 innings.

He could now potentially be headed to the New York Mets. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets have offerd Scherzer more than $40 million per year. The length of said offer is not yet known.

New York just lost Noah Syndergaard to the Los Angeles Angels in free agency and still has Marcus Stroman on the open market. Obviously, there’s a major need here.

How Max Scherzer would impact the New York Mets

Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) has his glove and hat inspected between innings against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not yet known whether Scherzer will accept said offer. Remember, he limited his trade destinations ahead of the in-season deadline to California-based teams before he was dealt from Washington to the Dodgers.

If Scherzer were to sign this deal, it would give New York two legitimate aces to go with Jacob deGrom. Throughout his 14-year MLB career, Scherzer has posted a 190-97 record with a 3.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He’s also striking out much more than a batter per inning while having earned three Cy Young awards.

At 37, it’s not known how a contract offer would be formatted. Though, we’re still likely looking at a multi-year deal.

For the Mets, their interest in Max Scherzer comes after the team added position players Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar.