Mets sign free agent Max Scherzer to blockbuster deal
Following days of increased MLB free-agency activity, the hot stove has now officially been cranked up to high heat. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal with the Mets, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported that the deal would be for three years and $130 million. According to the New York Post‘s Mike Puma, the deal has an opt-out after the second season.
According to the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman, the deal also includes a no-trade clause.
At 37, Scherzer will become the oldest player in MLB history to sign a $100 million contract. As noted by ESPN’s Joon Lee, due to Scherzer also deferring money on his Nationals contract, he will be making $58.3 million annually during his Mets tenure.
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After coming into the season with high expectations and maintaining a first-place position for much of the first half, New York faltered after the All-Star break and won only 77 games, posting its fourth losing season in five years.
Injuries limited ace Jacob deGrom to just 15 starts, and fellow starter Marcus Stroman is also a free agent after going 10–13 with a 3.02 ERA last season.