According to his agent, Max Scherzer will not change teams without sweeteners before the major league trade deadline this year.
Scott Bolas said on Friday that Scherzer hopes to extend the contract in exchange for giving up the veto. Scherzer has more than 10 years of MLB service time and has spent more than five seasons with the same club in the past five seasons, which gives him the right to reject potential deals. Scherzer is in the final year of a seven-year, $210 million contract he signed with the Nationals in January 2015.
If the Nationals put him on the court next month, the right shooter will be the biggest deadline prize, but Washington is currently in the most intense stage of the NL East game. It was 3 1/2 games behind the No. 1 Mets to enter the game on Friday.
“The reality of it is that it must cause something,” Boras told Gordon Witenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago, Which means extending the transaction in exchange for approval.
Will adding contract extensions to the cost of mid-season deals prevent teams from exploring deals? Wittenmeier speculated that the Cubs would hesitate. Their unexpectedly strong start made them potential buyers, but they traded Yu Darvish to the Padres during the offseason. The deal was seen as a sharp drop in salary, and they were not eager to re-sign pending free agent Anthony Rizzo , Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.
The team must also consider Scherzer’s age. He will turn 37 on July 27. He was healthy for most of his career, but due to groin inflammation, he missed a turnaround in mid-June and spent some time on the injured list due to two back strains in 2019.
Nevertheless, this year he has been in a sluggish state when he won the mound: in 14 games, 2.19 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 12.2 strikeouts per 9 games.
That is high-end production. For the team that wants it, it won’t be cheap.