New York Mets owner Steve Cohen is determined to bring a winning ball club to New York. The Mets spent big on position players, and now are giving Max Scherzer the largest deal by AAV in baseball history.
Scherzer signed a three-year, $130M contract that includes an opt-out after the 2023 season. Meaning Scherzer will earn $43.3M a year from the New York Mets! Not only will he be making $43.3M from the Mets, but he will receive $15M in deferred payments thanks to his previous contract. This means Scherzer will receive $58.3M in 2022 and in 2023.
The Mets hope Scherzer can help stabilize the rotation and push the Mets into the playoffs. They were thought to be a playoff team in 2020 but struggled down the stretch to finish a disappointing season. They were 35-25 and in first place at the All-Star break. The Mets finished the season 77-85 and missed the MLB Playoffs.
New York spent 103 days in first place and still missed the playoffs, an MLB record. To make things worse, their division rival, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series.
In 14 major league seasons, Scherzer has a career 3.16 ERA, 3.13 FIP, and a 3.28 xFIP. He is an eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young award winner and was a member of the 2019 Washington Nationals that won the World Series.
Will he continue to pitch well at 37? Will he help get the Mets over the hump?
New York Mets Sign Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer Fantasy Preview
2021 ADP: 21
2021 Stats: 15-4, 2.46 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 3.24 xFIP, 0.864 WHIP, 236 K, 166 ERA+
162 game averages: 16-8, 3.16 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 1.084 WHIP, 255 K, 134 ERA+
2022 Streamer Predictions: 13-8, 3.13 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 3.24 xFIP, 1.02 WHIP, 252 K
Scherzer will be drafted highly in 2022. Even at 37, he is still one of the best pitchers in baseball and should be drafted as such. Scherzer did suffer from "dead arm" in the 2021 playoffs with the Dodgers. However, Scherzer said this is not an issue going forward.
Scherzer is a future Hall of Famer and should be trusted pitching in any ballpark. Citi Field is a pitcher's park, which will help Scherzer's statistics next season.
He will be in line for another great ERA. Scherzer is great at limiting walks as evident by his career 6.6% walk rate, which leads to a low WHIP. Expect solid ERA and WHIP rates for the veteran in 2022.
The one category that Scherzer always benefits Fantasy teams is strikeouts. For his career, he has struck out 29.4% of batters, and that number has been above 30% since 2015. Healthy, he is a lock for 200+ strikeouts. He could push 250 with a healthy season.
The Mets should be solid, which will lead to wins for the veteran Ace. This means Scherzer will be an all-category performer for Fantasy Baseball in 2022. He has been dominant for so long and has been a lock for 180+ innings a season for nearly a decade.
Despite his age, he projects as a fantasy stud for 2022. His pedigree allows Fantasy Baseball managers to trust Scherzer and keep rostering him with the high price until Scherzer proves he is no longer worth that price.
New York Mets Preview
A rotation of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom sounds like something one would see in MLB the Show. The Mets have those two at the top of their rotation for the 2022 season. Both have some injury concerns heading into the season, but if healthy, the Mets will have the best 1-2 punch in baseball.
The Mets were disappointing in 2021, mostly due to injuries and falling apart down the stretch. However, they have spent big this off-season, acquiring Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, Starling Marte, and now Max Scherzer. This will be a revamped Mets team in 2022.
The Braves won the National League East with only 88 wins, but they got hot late and won the World Series. Will the Mets be able to overtake the Braves?
The Phillies are in purgatory, winning 82 games last year, but they have a lot of money in aging players. The Marlins believe they are coming out of a rebuild and hope to be competitive in 2022. The Nationals are in full rebuild mode.
A quick glance at the NL East standings and it appears to be a weak division but that may not be the case in 2022. The path to the top of the division will not be easy for the Mets. A rotation of deGrom and Scherzer will help, but have the Mets filled all their holes?
The injury bug has been a concern for the Mets in the past as well. Also, they currently do not have a manager. The Mets have spent big money, but they still have work to do this winter. Expect Cohen, and new GM Billy Eppler, to continue making noise despite the lockout.
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