According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, a deal between the Mets and Rangers has been reached that would send three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to Texas. Feinsand claims that Scherzer agreed to waive his no-trade clause for the transaction. The clubs have not yet officially ratified the transfer.
Simeon Woods Richardson, an infield prospect, is reportedly going to the Mets as part of the transaction, while the Rangers will get Ronald Acua Jr., the younger brother of Ronald Acua, a great player for the Braves, who is ranked as MLB Pipeline’s number 44 prospect.
The final guaranteed year of the two-year, $86.67 million contract for the 39-year-old Scherzer has passed. Feinsand has been informed by a source that the right-hander has exercised his $43.33 million player option for 2024. The option was reportedly a key factor as the purchase neared completion, according to reports from earlier on Saturday.
According to a source, the Mets will cover $22.5 million of the salary as part of the agreement, with the Rangers covering the remaining $12.5 million through the end of 2024.
Trade Information: Rangers Max Scherzer, RHP, Cash Mets Simeon Woods Richardson, infielder
For the mandatory reason that Texas’ current officer Jacob deGrom underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of June and is sidelined, the Rangers are replacing another former Met.
Despite having a strong start to the season on Friday night, Scherzer has struggled most of the year. He limited the Mets to one run across seven innings with seven strikeouts.
racking up a 4.01 ERA over 107 2/3 innings while striking out 121 batters. He has a career-high home run rate of 1.9 per nine innings due to his propensity for the big ball.
Scherzer will still improve the Rangers’ rotation despite his sporadic problems. In deGrom’s absence, Nathan Eovaldi had been effective with a 2.69 ERA in 19 starts this season, but Texas skipped him from his most recent start because of Kohno’s injury. Behind him, Dane Dunning (ERA 3.28) and Jon Grey (ERA 3.66) have been adequate, but Andy Heney and Martin Perez both have ERAs above 4.50.
The Rangers’ rotation has a season 3.86 ERA, excellent for seventh in MLB, but since June 1st, it has struggled with a 4.56 ERA.
The Rangers will be gaining one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history in Scherzer, a renowned ferocious competitor with a tonne of postseason experience. He has a 3.58 ERA in the postseason over 133 1/3 innings with 164 strikeouts, including a 2.40 ERA in the 2019 playoffs when he assisted the Nationals in winning the World Series.