New York Mets ace Max Scherzer didn’t necessarily agree with the owners’ last collective bargaining agreement (CBA) offer on Thursday, but that didn’t stop him from accepting that the majority spoke (26 out of 38 player representatives approved the deal).
Far from making a problem out of his disagreement with the union, he already reported to the Mets’ training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to start his spring training preparations.
“Oh look, it’s New York Met, Max Scherzer, reporting to camp,” Mets reporter Steve Gelbs wrote on his Twitter account.
Oh look, it’s New York Met, Max Scherzer, reporting to camp. pic.twitter.com/Je2GuRTcTs
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) March 11, 2022
Scherzer is tasked with the responsibility of leading the Mets to the postseason, at the very least.
The Mets haven’t had too much success in recent seasons.
The last time they were legitimately good was in 2015, when they advanced to the World Series and lost.
Scherzer, at 37, will try to change that narrative and, together with Jacob deGrom, lead New York to playing meaningful games in October.
The Mets Have Their Faith In His Arm
He signed a three-year deal worth $130 million, becoming the highest-paid player in baseball for the 2022 season.
He remains an elite pitcher, having posted a 2.46 ERA in 179.1 innings between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.
He still boasts that incredible ability to make hitters miss with his heavy fastball and wicked slider, as he struck out 236 batters in 2021.
The Mets have brought in a lot of talent in the last two offseasons, and they may not be done improving.
Their lineup is loaded with talent, but their rotation is missing a piece or two for depth: Scherzer and deGrom are the co-aces, and Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, Tylor Megill, and David Peterson complete the group.
Modern big league teams need between eight and ten arms to navigate through the season.
The front of the rotation, however, is more than covered thanks to deGrom and Scherzer.