MLB Free Agency: Yankees should go all in to get Max Scherzer

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The New York Yankees tried to get Justin Verlander and came up short by one year.

The Houston Astros were able to keep Verlander by signing him to a one-year, $25 million deal with an option for a second season, which is also worth $25 million. The Yankees only offered a one-year, $25 million deal for Verlander.

Verlander hadn’t pitched since the beginning of the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery and yet, at 38 years old, the Yankees were willing to give him a guaranteed $25 million deal.

So if they were willing to offer Verlander that, what’s to stop Yankees GM Brian Cashman from offering Max Scherzer a deal too?

Scherzer is 37 and came in third for the NL Cy Young Award in 2021, pitching to a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts.

The last time Scherzer was a free agent was before the 2015 season and he ended up signing a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals; the team he helped win the World Series with in 2019.

There’s a notion that Scherzer “doesn’t want to come to New York.” But really, that’s a negotiation tactic. Scherzer competes to win and he likes to get paid to win.

So if the Yankees were willing to offer Verlander $25 million coming off not pitching in almost two seasons, then the Yankees would be offering Scherzer that kind of money.

Make Scherzer a 2-year, $70 million deal. Scherzer is worth $35 million a season given his track record.

Put Scherzer as the co-ace with Gerrit Cole at the top of the rotation and go to war against the American League contenders.

The Yankees getting Scherzer would show the baseball world that the Yankees are going all in to win a championship. If Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner truly are tired of watching the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays win over the last few years, then Scherzer needs to be someone they go all in for.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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