The deal, which was first reported by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, sends Scherzer to the Rangers in exchange for a package of prospects that is still being finalized. The Mets are expected to receive at least one top-tier prospect in the deal, as well as several other young players.
Scherzer, 37, is in the final guaranteed year of a two-year, $86.67 million deal with the Mets. He has a player option for $43.3 million for 2024.
The trade is a major coup for the Rangers, who are looking to build a contender around star shortstop Corey Seager. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he gives the Rangers a top-of-the-rotation starter who can help them compete in the AL West.
Scherzer is a two-time World Series champion and has won three Cy Young Awards. He is a six-time All-Star and has a career record of 193-97 with a 2.96 ERA.
The trade is also a major loss for the Mets, who were hoping to keep Scherzer in New York long-term. Scherzer was a key part of the Mets’ rotation this season, and he was expected to be a part of their future plans.
However, the Mets were unable to match the Rangers’ offer, and Scherzer decided to move on. The trade is a sign that the Mets are still rebuilding, and they may need to make more moves in the offseason in order to become a contender.
The trade is the latest in a series of moves by the Rangers to improve their team. In the past few months, the Rangers have also acquired Seager, Marcus Semien, and Corey Kluber.
The Rangers are now one of the most dangerous teams in the AL, and they will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.