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Report: Mets, Max Scherzer finalizing 3-year, $130 million deal [UPDATE]

The free agent starting pitcher is close to a deal with the Mets. We break down what it means for his fantasy baseball outlook and New York’s betting futures.

Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Monday AM update: Monday morning, Joel Sherman reported things were in a holding pattern with the Mets believed to have made the highest offer. Ken Rosenthal was told by a “rival exec” that this wasn’t unusual and it would just take some time to get the “side items” wrapped up.

Jon Heyman is reporting the deal is for three years worth $130 million and the two sides are working to finalize the details.

Free agent SP Max Scherzer is closing in on a multiyear deal with the New York Mets, per multiple reports.

Although Scherzer is 37 years old and has put his body through more than 2,500 max-effort innings, he has lost much off of his fastball, literally and figuratively. He posted his best ERA (2.46) and WHIP (0.864) in 2021 while also averaging 94.3 mph on his four-seamer, which is close to his career norm. That helped him post a 34.1 percent strikeout rate, the second-best in MLB. And he got better as the season progressed as seen in his first nine starts following a trade to the Dodgers in late July: 58 innings, five earned runs, seven walks, 79 strikeouts. The future Hall of Famer also recorded his 3,000 strikeout in 2021, becoming the 19th pitcher to reach that number.

Scherzer has dealt with injuries more frequently in recent seasons, including a lingering back issue. He missed time in 2021 due to a triceps strain and was limited during the postseason by a case of dead arm. But that’s par for the course at this stage of such a long career. He will probably never throw 200 innings in a season again, but when he is available, Scherzer is one of the most dominant starters in MLB. There is plenty of risk when signing an arm with this much mileage, but Scherzer isn’t your normal 37-year-old power pitcher. He proved last season that he has plenty left in the tank.