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Right-handed starting free agent Max Scherzer is set to finalize a deal with the New York Mets, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Morosi says it is a multi-year deal and several reports offer an offer of around $ 40 million per year. It comes just days after the Mets stocked up on the positional side by landing center outfielder Starling Marte and utility men Mark Cahna and Eduardo Escobar.

Scherzer, 37, would join his fifth team in 15 years in the majors if he lands in Queens. He came with the Diamondbacks, was traded to the Tigers, signed as a free agent with the Nationals and was traded to the Dodgers last season. In his career, he’s 190-97 with a 3.16 ERA (134 ERA +), 1.08 WHIP and 3,020 strikeouts in 2,536 2/3 innings. The eight-time All-Star won three Cy Young.

Last season, Scherzer finished third in the NL Cy Young vote (his sixth in the top three and eighth in the top five) when he went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA, a WHIP of 0.86 and 236 strikeouts against 36 walks in 179 1/3 innings. . After the trade, the Dodgers went 11-0 in his starts with a 1.98 ERA. In the playoffs, he had a 2.16 ERA, although the Dodgers lost two of his four starts.

Even at his age, the most likely path for Scherzer in 2022 is to throw like an ace again.

This means that if the Mets are successful and can get Jacob deGrom back to full health, it’s at least possible that they have the top two baseball pitchers in the same rotation. At the very least, they have a pair of aces at the top of the spin.

Although the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to the Angels via free agency, Marcus Stroman is a current free agent and owner Steve Cohen was angered that he didn’t land southpaw Steven Matz in an attempted reunion, they could still have a full rotation without adding someone else, if the Scherzer deal was finalized. Behind deGrom and Scherzer would be Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, Tylor Megill and David Peterson. Lefty Joey Lucchesi underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of June and could provide depth at the end of the season as well.