Scherzer, who was traded to the Texas Rangers on Monday, said he was surprised to hear this news, as he had been expecting the Mets to be contenders in 2024.
“I was under the impression that we were going to be a team that was going to compete in 2024,” Scherzer said. “But I guess the vision has changed a little bit.”
Scherzer’s comments come after the Mets have made a number of moves that suggest they are looking to the future. In addition to trading Scherzer, the Mets have also traded away Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.
These moves have led to speculation that the Mets are preparing for a rebuild. However, Mets general manager Billy Eppler has denied these claims, saying that the team is simply “retooling.”
“We’re not rebuilding,” Eppler said. “We’re just trying to get better.”
It remains to be seen whether the Mets will be able to compete in 2024. However, Scherzer’s comments suggest that the team is not expecting to be a World Series contender next season.