Scherzer and the Mets came to terms Monday on a three-year, $130 million contract that includes an opt out after the 2023 season, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the $43.3 million annual average value of Scherzer's deal is the most in MLB history, besting the $36 million AAV that Gerrit Cole received from the Yankees in the megadeal he signed in December 2019. The 37-year-old will join Jacob deGrom (elbow) to give the Mets one of the best one-two combinations atop a rotation in baseball history, with the two right-handers having claimed five Cy Young Awards between them, including four of the last six in the National League.
Scherzer and the Mets are expected to finalize a three-year, $130 million contract Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Coming off a 2021 campaign in which he posted a 2.46 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236 strikeouts while finishing third in the National League Cy Young Award balloting, Scherzer had no shortage of suitors in free agency, even as he heads into his age-37 season. Few teams were willing to offer the sort of compensation the Mets were, however, and New York looks like it'll have another ace-level pitcher to pair with Jacob deGrom (elbow) atop the rotation once some minor details are ironed out with the contract. The pending acquisition of Scherzer adds to what's already been a splashy offseason for the Mets, who recently reached deals with outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha and infielder Eduardo Escobar.
Scherzer (arm) could start a potential Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Scherzer played catch ahead of Game 6 on Saturday and said afterward that he felt as though he "turned a corner." The right-hander has dealt with arm fatigue throughout the NLCS, but he isn't dealing with any structural damage.
Scherzer (arm) played catch in the outfield ahead of Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. The right-hander was scratched from Saturday's start due to arm fatigue, and Walker Buehler will take his place on the mound. It's not yet clear whether Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen Saturday or whether he's an option to start a potential Game 7 on Sunday.
Scherzer (arm) won't start Game 6 of the NLCS against Atlanta on Saturday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Scherzer lined up to take the mound in Game 6 after he started Game 2 on Sunday. The right-hander has been dealing with arm soreness recently, and his arm hasn't bounced back the way the team had hoped. The Dodgers haven't yet announced who will serve as the Game 6 starter.