Max Scherzer was a dominant force in the National League East, winning a pair of Cy Young Awards, leading the league in strikeouts three times and throwing the Nationals to a World Series.
He will return to the division, this time in a different uniform.
Scherzer signed a deal to join the Mets, according to multiple reports, giving New York one of the most formidable one-two shots in the sport with ace Jacob deGrom.
Unsurprisingly, the deal is huge for the 37-year-old right-hander, who will now earn the highest annual average value of any player in the sport. Sporting News breaks down the details of his contract.
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Max Scherzer contract details
Scherzer has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the sport for the past few seasons. Now they pay him better than anyone.
The deal with the Mets is for three years, $ 130 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The contract will also have an opt-out option after the second season.
Max Scherzer’s deal with the Mets is done, according to the source. Three years, $ 130 million, one opt-out after season two.
– Jeff Passan (@Jeff Passan) November 29, 2023
Along with the opt-out, there’s also a full no-trade clause, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Max Scherzer also has a full no-trade clause in his contract with him. #Mets
– Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 29, 2023
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And if Scherzer did decide to opt out, he would leave no more than the average annual value on the table. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Scherzer will make $ 43.3 million each year from his deal.
Scherzer’s contract calls for $ 43.33 million a year. #Mets
– Joel Sherman (@ Joelsherman1) November 29, 2023
With an average annual value of $ 43.3 million, Scherzer will break the previous AAV record, set two years ago when Gerrit Cole signed for the Yankees on a nine-year, $ 324 million deal that averaged $ 36 million per season.
ESPN Stats & Info also reported that at age 37, Scherzer is now the oldest player to receive a $ 100 million contract, surpassing the previous record of Kevin Brown, who at age 33 signed the first $ 100 million contract. .
37-year-old Max Scherzer would easily be the oldest player in MLB history to sign a $ 100 million contract.
He is currently 33-year-old Kevin Brown when he signed the first $ 100 million deal in MLB history in 1998. https://t.co/0vNozIYwU1 pic.twitter.com/OUpJc6q8yC
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 29, 2023
This deal is now the second-largest in total value signed this offseason, second only to Marcus Semien’s seven-year, $ 175 million deal with the Rangers. Other notable right-handed pitching firms include Kevin Gausman to the Blue Jays (five years, $ 110 million), Justin Verlander to the Astros (one year, $ 25 million), Noah Syndergaard to the Angels (one year, $ 21 million). and Jon Gray for the Rangers (four years, $ 56 million).
Max Scherzer Professional Earnings
Scherzer has enjoyed a very lucrative career in MLB. According to Spotrac, Scherzer has made $ 139,575,000 during his time in the big leagues.
This is not the first major agreement Scherzer has signed.
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He signed a seven-year, $ 210 million deal with the Nationals in 2015. That deal will continue to pay him well, as he is scheduled to earn about $ 15 million per year from Washington from 2023 to 2028, albeit as part of the trade. With the Dodgers, Los Angeles will be on the hook for $ 35 million of the remaining $ 105 million it is willing to collect from the Washington deal. So the Nationals will send a $ 15 million paycheck to see Scherzer pitch against them.
By the time his deferred payments are up, he will have made nearly $ 400 million in his pitching career.