After long hours it’s finally official, Max Scherzer is a Texas Ranger.
Sources have confirmed that the New York Mets will be trading Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers for the Rangers’ number three prospect Luisangel Acuna.
The deal is a straight one-for-one, but the Mets will pay all but 22.5 million of Scherzer’s contract, and he will retain the right to opt out of his deal after this season.
For the Rangers, a three-time Cy Young winner and former World Series champion will now headline their rotation as they look to hold off the Astros in the race for the AL West crown.
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux was Max Scherzer’s pitching coach from 2015-2017, when Scherzer had some of the best years of his legendary career. That familiarity will undoubtedly help this go around with the Rangers.
With Jacob deGrom on the IL and guys like Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney having thrown more innings than they ever have, rotation help was more than necessary.
Once again, major props to Chris Young and the Rangers’ front office for going out and getting a move done early to address the team’s needs.
We saw this when Aroldis Chapman was acquired in June and again with Scherzer being acquired days before the deadline.
Luisangel Acuna being the only prospect heading over to the Mets in this trade is a pretty big win for the Rangers.
The chance that Acuna becomes a solid major league player is still there. However, he is still a 21-year-old kid who has never had an AB above AA, and we all know that not all prospects pan out.
Overall, as of now, I’d consider this trade to be a win for the Rangers.
Texas has a chance to win this year, and they are going for it by upgrading spots of need on this team.