Could Max join deGrom in Mets' rotation?

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MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding three-time Cy Young Award winner , who is a free agent.

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Nov. 27: Mets turn focus to pitching
After addressing their offense Friday, when they reached deals with Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar, according to sources, the Mets are now focused on the starting-pitching market, MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reports.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Friday that the Mets had Scherzer, Kevin Gausman and Robbie Ray as their top three rotation targets, in that order, with Marcus Stroman a possibility as well. However, there are questions about whether Scherzer wants to come to New York. More >

Nov. 26: Does Matz addition take Cards out of Scherzer sweepstakes?
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that there was mutual interest between Scherzer and the Cardinals, but after the club reached a four-year, $44 million deal with Steven Matz (per a source), it’s fair to wonder if the Cards are still a fit for the three-time Cy Young Award winner, who was born in St. Louis and attended the University of Missouri.

The addition of Matz gives St. Louis three starting pitchers making more than $10 million in 2022, with Adam Wainwright signed for $17.5 million and Miles Mikolas owed $17 million. Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson could round out the Cardinals’ rotation heading into next season.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see St. Louis add some depth after injuries limited Mikolas, Flaherty and Hudson to a combined 131 2/3 innings last season and Kwang Hyun Kim, Carlos Martínez, Jon Lester, J.A. Happ and Wade LeBlanc reached free agency. But a Scherzer-sized move seems unlikely.

MLB Trade Rumors projects the ace will get $120 million over three years, which would set an MLB record for average annual value and tie Matt Holliday’s deal for the largest free-agent contract in Cardinals history.

Including projects salaries for arbitration-eligible and pre-arb players, Cot's Baseball Contracts projects St. Louis to have a 2022 payroll of roughly $147 million. Signing Scherzer for $40 million a year would likely preclude additional moves for the Cards, whose payrolls have sat in the $160 million to $180 million range in recent years.

Nov. 11: Trout pushing for Angels to sign Scherzer
Addressing the rotation is once again an offseason priority for the Angels, and Scherzer is arguably the top starting pitcher on the market, despite his age. Could there be a match between the two sides?

Superstar center fielder Mike Trout certainly hopes so. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Trout is said to be pushing for the Halos to sign the 37-year-old ace. Feinsand put the Angels among the eight likeliest suitors for Scherzer, though he still considers the Dodgers to be the favorites.

Including estimated salaries for arbitration-eligible players, Cot’s Baseball Contracts currently projects the Angels will have a $130 million payroll in 2022, so there could be room to commit $35 million a year or more to Scherzer.

That said, the Halos probably need to add multiple starting pitchers. General manager Perry Minasian will need to decide whether it is better to go after Scherzer or to spread out the team’s resources to sign two free agents from a deep crop of starters.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports in an article for The Athletic (subscription required) that the Angels see Robbie Ray, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Alex Wood as potential fits for their staff. Rosenthal also mentions Justin Verlander as a possibility, and the club has been connected to Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Matz in other reports.

Oct. 24: Are Dodgers the favorites to re-sign Max?
Scherzer turned in another excellent season in 2021, but he didn't exactly finish it on the highest of notes. While the righty recorded a 2.16 ERA over 16 2/3 postseason innings, he didn't get out of the fifth inning in two of his three starts and had to be scratched from Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves due to arm fatigue.

Walker Buehler took the ball on short rest in Scherzer's place but was unable to prevent the Dodgers' season from coming to an end, as Eddie Rosario's tiebreaking three-run homer off Buehler in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the difference in a 4-2 Braves win.

It's possible Scherzer has thrown his final pitch for the Dodgers, who have a number of crucial free-agent decisions to make this offseason. Los Angeles will likely try to bring Scherzer back, but the 37-year-old should have a robust market despite fading in October.

Other clubs that could be in on Scherzer include the Giants, Angels, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Phillies, Astros, Cubs, Rangers, Mariners, Mets, Yankees and Scherzer's hometown team, the Cardinals. It's possible the Nationals will also try to bring him back.

For what it's worth, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman sees the Dodgers as the favorites to re-sign both Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. Heyman names the Angels as the next most likely to sign Scherzer and the Rangers as the next most likely to sign Kershaw.

Oct. 6: Scherzer lasts 4 1/3 in NL Wild Card Game
Scherzer labored in his National League Wild Card Game start against the Cardinals on Wednesday, walking three batters and throwing 94 pitches over 4 1/3 innings, but he limited St. Louis to one run and the Dodgers advanced on Chris Taylor's walk-off homer.

Scherzer is unlikely to do much to help or harm his free-agent stock during this postseason. The righty is solidified as one of the top upcoming free-agent starting pitchers, coming off a career-best 2.46 ERA with an MLB-leading 0.86 WHIP and a 6.56 K/BB ratio.

At age 37, Scherzer could command a deal in the neighborhood of the two-year, $66 million extension Justin Verlander signed with the Astros through his age-38 season.

Oct. 3: Scherzer finishes regular season with 2.46 ERA
Although Scherzer allowed 10 earned runs in his final two starts, the right-hander nonetheless finished the regular season with a career-best 2.46 ERA.

The seven-year, $210 million contract Scherzer signed with the Nationals after the 2014 season expires after the World Series. The right-hander is perhaps the best free-agent signing ever, having recorded 2.75 ERA (154 ERA+) with 1,699 strikeouts over 1,297 1/3 innings in the regular season during the deal. Scherzer also won two Cy Young Awards and helped the Nats win the 2019 World Series.

Scherzer is 37 years old, but he should still be a coveted free agent this offseason. He's ineligible to receive a qualifying offer from the Dodgers after changing teams during the 2021 season.