Max Scherzer Reportedly Signing 3 Year, $130 Million Deal With Mets
Max Scherzer Signs 3 Year, $130 Million Deal With Mets
Ever since Steve Cohen took ownership over the New York Mets, there has been a feeling around the league that he would be able to throw his money around to make the Mets a World Series contender sooner, rather than later.
On Monday, Cohen made his biggest move since buying the team, signing starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a 3-year deal reportedly worth $130 million, or $43.3 million per season.
The new deal not only makes Scherzer, at age 37, the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, but it also makes him the highest-paid baseball player in the world on an average annual value scale. The move also pairs Scherzer, the best pitcher in baseball for the last 5-7 years, with the current best pitcher on the planet, Jacob deGrom.
If the aging Scherzer and often injured deGrom can stay healthy throughout the year next year, the Mets can go into the postseason with an advantage over any team they play, no matter who it is.
Scherzer may be 37 years old, but he’s shown no signs of slowing down. Last season, pitching for the Dodgers and Nationals, he compiled a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA over 179.1 innings. Where does that 2.46 ERA rank over the time the 3x Cy Young Award winner has spent in the Bigs? It’s his lowest ever.
Scherzer, who spent six season with the Nationals and won a World Series in the nation’s capital, is no stranger to the NL East and should settle in nicely against the likes of the Braves, Marlins, Phillies and Nationals this season.
The deal is truly a no-brainer for the Mets and Scherzer. New York gets another ace to pair with deGrom to give them the top 1-2 pitching punch in baseball and Scherzer gets to become the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball.
For a team like the Mets, who seemingly have an unlimited payroll with Cohen running the show, a three-year deal worth this much is just another drop in the bucket.
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Mets World Series Odds
So, now that Max Scherzer seems to be headed to the New York Mets, what has it done to their World Series odds? Well, in short, it's completely slashed them.
Just last night, before the news of Scherzer became public knowledge, the best New York Mets World Series odds you could find were +2200, implying a 4.3% chance the Mets could win it all. Now, that number is gone.
Right now, since the Scherzer signing seems to be a done deal, the Mets' best odds to win the World Series sit at +1400, but they're as short as +1000 at some places. At +1400, their implied probability is 6.7%. But, at +1000, it's 9.1%, more than double what it was at +2200.
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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.