Now that’s Max’s contract.
The Post confirmed that the Mets and Max Scherzer agreed Monday to a three-year, $ 130 million deal.
This comes with a record annual average salary of $ 43.3 million and a sophomore year.
The deal exceeds the average annual value of any player in MLB history, leaving the Yankees Gerrit Cole $ 36 million a year, and $ 85 million a year before Trevor Bauer signed with the Dodgers.
The Mets and new owner Steve Cohen tried to make a big splash with Bauer last offseason, signing the right-hander to a three-year, $ 105 million contract that he eventually signed with the Dodgers. Bauer was suspended for most of last season after being placed on administrative leave while under investigation following allegations of sexual assault.
Scherzer, 37, was linked with the Dodgers and Angels this offseason, but sources say the Mets did not close to the Mets’ offer, as the Mets continued their initial free-agent frenzy before Wednesday’s MLB’s expected lockout.
Cohen last week told Team President Sandy Alderson and new General Manager Billy Eppler, “Get the players we need … for the right deals and the right free agents. We want to be competitive, win our division and be in the playoffs and deep into the playoffs. I told Billy and Sandy I was open to what they needed and their suggestions and recommendations.
It started last week – after they lost Steven Matz, who rejected the Mets for the Cardinals – with outfielders Starling Marte (four years, $ 78 million) and Mark Canha (two years, $ 26.5 million) and Eduardo Escobar (two years, with infielder’s free-agent signings). $ 20 million).
Those additions are so significant that they fade in comparison to the three-time Cy Young Award-winning Scherzer. Scherzer had a 2.46 ERA in 179 1/2 innings (30 starts) last season, split between the Nationals and the Dodgers.
The right-hander hit 236 and scored only 36 runs. He received a World Series title for Washington in 2019.
The Mets will pair up with Jacob DeGrom at the top of the rotation – DeGrom may be healthy after the 2021 injury.
The Mets desperately needed the help of the rotation shortly after DeGrom, who struggled with elbow issues last season and was limited to 92 innings in 15 starts.
While healthy, DeGrom is as strong as any pitcher in the majors and can be said of Scherzer, who has remained durable throughout his entire career – although he complained of a dead arm at NLCS.
The move for Scherzer leaves the Mets with some glowing holes, though he continues to look for bullpen help – and the manager.
Since taking over as GM, Eppler’s focus has been on strengthening the roster before the sport’s expected shutdown.
One name to keep in mind is Brad Asmus, who hired him as manager with the Eppler Angels – and he managed Scherzer in Detroit.