Somehow, someway, the New York Mets got their guy. After a lot of waiting, Max Scherzer signed a three-year $130 million-dollar deal with the New York Mets. As a Mets fan who had to watch Scherzer dominate them for seven long years, this feels oh so sweet.
I did not expect the Mets to get Max Scherzer but he fits this team perfectly.
Right off the bat, the Mets are getting one of the best pitchers in the game. He is currently, and has been for a decade.
This season while pitching for the Nationals and Dodgers, Scherzer went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts. He struck out 11.8/9 and walked just 1.8/9. When Scherzer was traded to the Dodgers, he was even better, going 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA in Los Angeles. When the lights were brightest, he was at his best.
Scherzer finished third in the National League Cy Young Award voting.
The Mets are getting a top-five pitcher to pair with the best pitcher in the game at the top of their rotation, Jacob deGrom.
The Mets have built possibly the best one-two punch at the top of a rotation in baseball history. deGrom and Scherzer have combined for four of the last six National League Cy Young Awards with each of them winning two. Scherzer in 2016-2017, and deGrom in 2018-2019.
As expected, the contract for one of the best pitchers in baseball is a hefty one. Three years $130 million-dollars adds up to a $43 million-dollar average annual value. With the Mets blowing past the Luxury Tax this season, it clearly did not matter to Steve Cohen how much money Max Scherzer would make.
We've seen this before from Cohen. The Mets made a similar offer of three guaranteed years and a record breaking AAV last offseason to Trevor Bauer before he signed with the Dodgers.
Of course there is risk with this deal but with an owner who clearly doesn't care about how much money he is spending, the money side of the deal really doesn't matter.
Will Scherzer be worth $43 million-dollars in two years? Probably not. Is it ideal to give this contract to a 37 year old? Not really. But does Scherzer help the Mets make a run for their first World Series title since 1986? Absolutely.
The Mets are getting one of baseball's premier starters to join their rotation. When the owner doesn't care about money, why should I?
If the Mets win a World Series with Scherzer and then he underperforms at the end of his deal, I think the Mets would be completely satisfied. The ultimate goal here is to win a World Series, not save money. Scherzer helps the Mets a ton in that regard.
Scherzer has seen a dip in his velocity in the last couple of years, but that clearly hasn't affected him much as he is still as dominant as ever. He's someone who's won three Cy Young Awards, has won a World Series, and has pitched in so many big games.
The Mets are finally behaving like a team that resides in the biggest market in the sport and I can't be happier.