Would Max Scherzer enjoy the idea of playing for the Chicago Cubs?
It takes two to tango in a deal, and Scherzer would have to be lured to the North Side with the combination of money and opportunity. Obviously money talks, but with other big market suitors out there who can match or exceed Cubs offers, there will need to be some convincing going on.
Would Scherzer want to join the Cubs in 2022? Had this team come off a 90+ win season and still had a prime championship core in place, then he could be sold a bit easier. This is not the case. As mentioned earlier they could make big strides to being at least competitive, but it’s hard to see them being legit contenders by 2022. Scherzer will want to get paid and win as well.
The other question is, would he really want to leave Los Angeles? That’s a loaded team that will keep contending for the many years, warm and comfortable weather (unlike the spring and fall of Chicago) and already had a chance to get a taste of playing with the Dodgers. Money is clearly no object for the Dodgers and with Trevor Bauer’s future in jeopardy, the team could easily replace that spot with Scherzer permanently. Even if the Cubs were considered contenders right now, it would still likely be a bit more difficult to pry Scherzer away from the West Coast.
Bleacher Report did an article on the likeliness of each MLB team landing Scherzer in the offseason. The Dodgers were number one, while the Cubs were 18th. Their justification for him returning to Los Angeles was pretty much the same as mentioned above. It does not take a genius to understand why him re-signing with the Dodgers makes sense.
As for the Cubs, it seems unlikely. Scherzer would want to come here and see an opportunity right away in 2022 and the Cubs would have to spend top dollar on one guy while “spending smartly“. Scherzer would look so good in a Cubs uniform and would give them a legit ace, but the chances are slim. Not impossible, but slim.