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Dodgers Free Agency: Max Scherzer Signs with New York Mets

One of the more prized free agent targets of the offseason is returning to the east coast. Multiple reports have said that the New York Mets and Max Scherzer have agreed to a three-year deal worth north of $130 million.

MLB.com’s Jon Morosi was on it first.

Reports late on Sunday night had the three-time Cy Young award winner deciding between the Dodgers, Angels, and Mets and with that decision coming soon. Soon may have been an understatement. Early on Monday morning, Ken Rosenthal confirmed the signing.

For the Mets, it continues a spending spree by Steven Cohen. On Friday, New York landed free agent outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha plus infielder Eduardo Escobar for contracts totaling more than $125 million over the next few seasons. Now there’s a new co-ace to pair with fellow three-time Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom in Queens.

Scherzer joined the Dodgers at the trade deadline last season and put together one of the more dominant runs by any NL hurler. In 11 starts for LA he went a perfect 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA over 68.1 innings pitched. The Dodgers won each of his 11 starts. However, things didn’t stay as peachy in the postseason where he made 4 appearances but only one after a relief outing where he emptied the tank to push LA past the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS.

While the partnership between the Dodgers and Scherzer was fruitful and easily can be viewed as a win, the price point for the right-hander proved to be a bit too high for LA this offseason and now he’s taking his talents to Citi Field.

More to come on this news.

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