39 year-old Pitcher Reflects on Trade from Mets to Rangers Ahead of World Series Start…

Rangers’ Max Scherzer once again talked about his trade from the New York Mets as he prepared to pitch for Texas against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the World Series on Monday night.

Scherzer reiterated his perspective on the trade from the Mets during a conversation with Mike Puma of the New York Post before Monday’s game. He described it as a necessary decision, stating that he didn’t want to say he was ‘happy’ because that might imply he was eager to leave New York. Instead, he explained that, at this point in his career, he had to prioritize winning, and he made the trade based on that principle.

After initially signing a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets following the 2021 season, Scherzer agreed to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rangers. This decision came after discussions with then-New York general manager Billy Eppler, who conveyed the Mets’ view of 2024 as a transitional year amidst their struggles in 2023. Scherzer also addressed rumors about clubhouse issues within the Mets and elaborated on his move to the Rangers during his conversation with Puma. He explained that he felt compelled to make the choice given the circumstances, stating that if he hadn’t accepted the trade, it could have led to other trades across the roster, putting him in a difficult position.

MLB insider Jon Heyman reported on October 12 that the Mets are aiming to be competitive in 2024 under the new leadership of president of baseball operations David Stearns, who officially assumed the role after the regular season ended. One can’t help but wonder if, come next spring, Stearns will regret not having Scherzer as part of a rotation that lacks pitching depth as they head into the free agency period.

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