Max Scherzer seeks extension with trade – NBC Chicago
Buyer beware: Max Scherzer is looking for an extension with any business originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LOS ANGELES – Cross Max Scherzer off the Cubs wishlist for the trade deadline.
Even if the burgeoning Nationals make their ace available by the July 30 deadline, it will come at a price the Cubs have shown no appetite to pay.
Miguel Amaya or one of their other top prospects?
Sure. And then a multi-year extension for three-time winner Cy Young, who turns 37 next month.
This is what Scherzer’s agent Scott Boras has said it will take for the future Hall of Famer to give up all of its non-trade rights to get to Chicago or elsewhere.
“The reality is, it’s going to have to lead to something,” Boras told NBC Sports Chicago.
It means an extension, he said.
“And the reality is, a ton of people are going to ask,” Boras added. “He’s probably the most coveted business chip I’ve seen because every team that goes there needs him.”
Scherzer, who finished in the top five in the Cy Young vote each year from 2013 to 2019, is the rare pitcher who has outperformed a long-term autonomous agent contract – with a 2.19 ERA and 12.2 strikeouts at stick for nine innings so far in this final season. of his seven-year, $ 210 million contract with the Nats.
The Cubs were already seen as long shots to compete for him as a deadline hire pitcher for the high price of player capital the Nats would expect to demand in a sellers market.
And with the price of an extension of two or three more years?
These big market posers aren’t willing to pay market rates to expand their own All-Stars and former MVPs, who are almost 10 years younger.
On the flip side, the Nationals are riding a wave of good throws – and Kyle Schwarber’s hot bat – that led to a 10-1 run until Thursday that took their record to 0.500 for the first time since. on May 2 and placed them in second place in the National League East.
They are 3 1/2 matches away from first place (6 1/2 behind the last wildcard place).
They haven’t gone over 0.500 since winning their first game of the season. But if they keep up that pace, the same team that returned from a 19-31 start in 2019 to win the World Series could be buyers themselves around this time next month.
A 17-game streak starting Monday against the Mets, Rays, Dodgers, Padres and Giants could determine their direction.
Either way, the Cubs seem to be looking elsewhere for pitching.