Report: Mets land Scherzer on record 3-year, $130M deal
The pact comes with an opt-out clause after the second season, Passan adds. Scherzer, 37, also has a full no-trade clause, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The $43.3-million average annual value of Scherzer's contract will break the record set by right-hander Gerrit Cole, whose New York Yankees deal has a $36-million AAV, notes Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Scherzer will make over $58 million per year over the next three seasons since the Washington Nationals still owe him $15 million annually through 2028 in deferred money.
The three-time Cy Young winner's reported deal would bring the Mets' projected payroll for 2022 to around $265 million, according to Sherman. The Los Angeles Dodgers had the largest Opening Day payroll at $237 million last season.
The Angels were closer to signing Scherzer than the Dodgers, a source told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. However, neither club was reportedly close to matching what the Mets offered.
The eight-time All-Star authored a 2.46 ERA with 236 strikeouts over 179 1/3 innings split between the Dodgers and Nationals last season.