Max Scherzer Rumors: Mets Considered Favorite; Offered $40 Million Salary For Multi-Year Contract
Max Scherzer
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have two of the top free agents available in Max Scherzer and Corey Seager, and there’s been no shortage of reported interest thus far.

In Seager’s case, it’s believed he may sign prior to the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) as a lockout would likely follow. Scherzer had been presumed by most to be among the free agents who may wait longer as his market should be strong even if it got to January or February.

However, indications now are Scherzer may also look to sign before the CBA expires this week.

The Dodgers are considered one of the favorites to sign Scherzer, who is believed to have interest in playing for a World Series contender. The New York Mets don’t quite fall into that category and thus aren’t confident in their ability to potentially sign Scherzer despite being interested, per Andy Martino of SportsNet New York:

Even if they are facing an uphill battle, the Mets remain determined in their pursuit of Scherzer, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network:

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mets have presented Scherzer with a contract offer that includes $40 million per season:

Along with the Dodgers and Mets, the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Scherzer as well. On the surface they aren’t a World Series contender, but do represent a chance for the future Hall of Famer to join his hometown team.

Given the praise Scherzer has given the Dodgers, coupled with their need for starting pitching and being a championship-caliber club, it would stand to reason they eventually agree to terms.

Scherzer earned All-MLB honors

Although the 37-year-old fell short of winning a fourth career Cy Young Award, Scherzer was among the starting pitchers named to All-MLB First Team.

Scherzer finished the year a combined 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 11.84 strikeouts per nine innings and .185 opponents’ batting average this season. He led the Majors in WHIP and batting average against, and was second in the NL in ERA and strikeouts per nine.

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