Three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer will be hitting free agency this winter, with plenty of interested suitors. Despite his age, Scherzer, 37, showed no signs of slowing down in 2021. On the final year of his seven-year, $210 million deal (worth noting his money this year is being deferred) he split time between the Nationals and the Dodgers and pitched to a 2.46 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 0.864 WHIP, 236 strikeouts and 1.8 BB/9 in 30 starts. His WHIP and H/9 (6.0) were best in baseball among qualified starters.
Scherzer will obviously not get another seven-year deal at this point, but he is still going to get paid big time. Considering his age and where he projects his career to go, a three-year deal worth $30+ million a year could be what we are looking at. MLB insider Jon Heyman added that his annual salary in his next deal could be record-breaking. In the end, he has earned it.
As mentioned before there will be plenty of suitors who would love to get their hands on the eight-time All Star. It feels like big-market teams are among the most likely to land him considering the money he will command. Can the Chicago Cubs make a realistic bid for Scherzer and would he be interested in the North Side? They need a legit ace, an experienced pitcher with a power arm and claim they have money and resources to bring in more talent.