Ranking the 3 MLB Teams That Must Do Whatever It Takes to Sign Max Scherzer
For the first time since 2015, Max Scherzer is a free agent, and while he's no longer a spring chicken, he is still one of the most dominating pitchers in the MLB.
After being traded to the Dodgers in July, Scherzer increased his market value with a dominating second half of the season.
Naturally, whenever a high-profile player is looking for a new team, we get to rank the best teams for him to sign with. Before we move forward, Scherzer has made it known that he prefers the West Coast, so, sorry, Yankees fans.
3. Los Angeles Angels
The Angels now have Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani in their lineup. There is no excuse to not at least give Scherzer a call. The Angels are not going to be afraid to hand out blank checks, but at some point, one of these checks needs to go to a quality starting pitcher.
The core that the Angels currently have is among the best in terms of potential. Adding Scherzer to the mix gives them the starting pitcher they have been craving for. While the Angels have tried to add elite pitching, they have never been able to put pen to paper. For a team that has not made the postseason since 2014, the urgency to win with one of the greatest players in the history of the game is high.
The Angels have never been afraid to dish out above-market contracts, and with Scherzer still pitching at a high level, they will likely open up the books for him.
As a staff, the Angels finished with a 4.69 ERA, and they gave up the ninth-most earned runs in all of baseball (741). Not only do the Angels need help in the rotation, they need a dominating presence.
Scherzer is that guy.
2. San Francisco Giants
The Giants won a franchise-record 107 games last season, and with Buster Posey's retirement, San Francisco now has a little bit more money to play with. I find it very hard to believe that a team that was very aggressive all of last season will just stay put this year, especially if it means taking one of the best pitchers in the game out of Los Angeles.
There was only one team with a better team ERA than the Giants last season, and that team was the Dodgers. It was a fairly large gap between the two NL West rivals, and taking Scherzer away from the Dodgers will close the gap.
Now, the Giants have a lot of decisions to make in terms of retaining talent. Most notably, how much money will they throw at Kris Bryant? Even then, the Giants have enough money to distribute the wealth, especially considering that Scherzer will be on a short deal.
San Francisco was actively pursuing Scherzer at the trade deadline last year, and I find it hard to believe they won't be aggressive again to bring him to the Bay to finish out his career.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
I mean, would you want to leave that city, that team, or that roster?
Although the Dodgers ultimately fell short of the World Series in 2021, there is no doubt that the Dodgers still have one of the best teams in baseball.
While we may see some staples of the Dodgers leave in free agency (Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager), the Dodgers' current core is better than any other team in baseball.
For the most part, if Scherzer decided to leave, it would not be the worst thing, but they absolutely would rather have Scherzer than not have Scherzer. The Dodgers had a league-best 3.01 team ERA, and Scherzer had a 1.98 ERA in his 11 starts with the Dodgers.
It is not known how much money Scherzer will command, but the Dodgers have nearly $100 million to dish out this offseason, and possibly more if they can get off Trevor Bauer's contract.
Scherzer made it clear at the deadline that he would like the Nationals to trade him out west, and that is exactly what they did. If he has such an affinity for the west coast, why would he ever leave the Dodgers, especially if they can give him top-dollar?
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