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Dodgers: MLB Insider Predicts Steep Price to Re-Sign Max Scherzer



Max Scherzer has carved out a nice career thus far. The future Hall of Famer has been an 8-time All-Star, 3-time Cy Young Award winner (possibly a 4th one this year), pitched two no-hitters, won a World Series, and that’s just scratching the surface. With the conclusion of this year’s World Series, Scherzer is now a free agent.

The Dodgers will likely look to retain his services if it’s in the cards, but plenty of other teams, notably the Giants and Angels, will be trying to do the same. With other key players also hitting the free-agent market and the payroll already tight, would the Dodgers be able to realistically pay Mad Max to stay in Los Angeles?

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Dodgers may have to meet a pretty big asking price if they want to keep him.

“It probably will take a three-year deal at or close to $50 million per season to land the three-time Cy Young winner.”

Scherzer is represented by Scott Boras so such a contract demand could be something that is eventually asked for, not that it’s a guarantee he would receive it. While he will be 37-years old, he’s been one of the best pitchers in the game to date. He deserves to be treated as such, but $50 million a year is still a pretty tough ask.

Scherzer or Boars hasn’t come out and demanded such a deal yet, so it’s unsure if it would be anything close. The 3 years does sound like it could be a real possibility, one the Dodgers may balk at despite Scherzer’s pedigree. They have plenty of big arms who will be coming up the pipeline in the near future so there may not be a huge need to bring him back.

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Written by Adam Salcido

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  1. I’ll have what Bowden’s having. Seriously, no one is paying any 37-year-old $!50M for three years. Even Mad Max isn’t going to be an 8 war player at 40. But I think that $100M for three years is not out of the question. Sure would like to see him back in blue.

  2. If Sherzer is asking for $50 million a year I’d walk him to the door and make sure it hit him in the arse.

  3. We have to have that one guy in the rotation, the one with a ton of experience and can also guide the younger pitchers. If we can get two that can go, that works as well.

  4. Give me a break he is not worth that much he can’t last s full season as proved in the playoffs. No one is worth that much.

  5. If he had been the shutdown ace at the end I would agree. But he didn’t pace himself for the post season well enough. After all his talk about how much smarter he is than anybody else he did himself in. friedman can reload I have no doubt if Scherzer gets away. I just hope he doesn’t go to the Giants who have a lot of cap room.

  6. Instant reaction: GET REAL Bowden!! $50 Mil. You just lost all credibility on this site or anywhere else; who pays these guys to make that kind of prediction? Of course the Dodgers will make a legitimate push to resign him to a 3 year deal at an amount he is worth….not $50/year, no way! North end of a south bound horse; unbelievable!

  7. Robbie Ray and Kevin Gausman for $55 million/year total, together, instead of $50 million for Max. 300 – 350 innings instead of 150 – 175 innings. 7 years younger. Less likely to see a sharp decline in effectiveness over the life of the contract. $180,000 per innning v $330,000 per inning.

    • Gauseman will go back to the Giants. Ray is a maybe. Here are a couple of ones I think that shoud join us along with Scherzer. Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Zach Davies, and maybe even Justin Verlander.

  8. It would be nice to see more diversity on this Dodger club. We need to bring more African Americans into the stands. This might equate to signing Stroman.

    • I don’t care if we field 25 Martians to play the game. As long as the Dodgers win the World Series is all that matters. Sign Stroman only if he can help the Dodgers win it all

  9. Just don’t over pay for starting pitching.

    They need to save their money for everyday players who can actually hit.

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