Three-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Max Scherzer is leaving the New York Mets for the Texas Rangers.
Local media in the United States, including MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported that Scherzer was transferred to Texas via trade on Oct. 30 (KST). Scherzer’s move to Texas was finalized the next day, on the 31st, when the clubs officially announced the trade. Scherzer, who held a trade veto, accepted the move.
Texas also received $35 million in cash along with Schuerzer. Scherzer is owed a total of $58 million for the remainder of this season and next year’s salary, with the Mets picking up more than half of the tab.
In return for trading away their starting pitcher, the Mets received infield prospect Luisangel Acuña. The younger brother of Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, Acuña is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Texas and the No. 44 overall prospect in MLB. For the team, the trade was more about the future than the present.스포츠토토
Since making his big league debut in 2008, Scherzer has posted double-digit wins in 10 straight seasons since 2010 and reached the 20-win plateau in 2013 and 2016. With the exception of 2020, which was a shortened season, 10 wins were the norm every year until last year, and Scherzer already has nine this season. In his big league career, Scherzer is 210-106 with a 3.15 ERA in 449 games and 2789⅔ innings pitched, and he’s 9-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 19 games and 107⅔ innings pitched this season.
It’s also worth noting that Texas is now Scherzer’s sixth team. After stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, and Washington Nationals, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2021 season and signed as a free agent with the Mets later that year. The addition of Justin Verlander, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets ahead of the season, was hailed as a “historic one-two punch” for the team.
Contrary to expectations, the Mets are 50-55 (.476) this season, good for fourth place in the National League East. It’s a far cry from fall baseball. It’s not like the Mets have given up on the season, but they can’t just keep looking at the present.
Texas, on the other hand, is 60-46 (.566) and leading the American League West, so they can’t help but think beyond the regular season and into the postseason. “With Scherzer, Texas gets one of the best pitchers in the majors and a player with plenty of fall ball experience,” MLB.com wrote.
Add to that the acquisition of left-hander Jordan Montgomery in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 31, and it’s clear that Texas is ready for fall ball. It remains to be seen if Texas’ aggressive approach will pay off.