In the middle of this MLB season, there was more than one New York Yankees fan dreaming of a trade coming to fruition that would bring Max Scherzer into the rotation.
That was before he learned that Scherzer had declined to be traded to the Bronx team. Eventually he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he is now the leader of the rotation and a candidate for his fourth Cy Young.
The 36-year-old right-hander will be available on the market again this winter, when he is a free agent, and Yankees management will have another opportunity to make a proposal to Scherzer that will change his mind.
There will be those who think that it is a risk to sign a pitcher of his age, but the veteran has proven to be at the top of his conditions.
This is demonstrated by his numbers this year (15-4 balance, 2.46 ERA, 236 strikeouts) and especially his performance since joining the Dodgers: 7 wins without losses, and a 1.98 ERA.
In fact, his first setback was this Monday against the San Francisco Giants, who only made him one run in 7 innings.
The New York Yankees have clear priorities this winter, and at No. 1 on the list is getting a hierarchy arm for the rotation. And they are also among the few teams that can afford to pay what Scherzer asks for their services.
The Spotrac portal estimates that the value of the right will be in the range of $ 35,568,665 per year, and that it may even aspire to a two-year, $ 70 million agreement.
If they want to go one step further next year, New York will have to consider making that investment. Your experience, your performance and your leadership are what they need at Yankee Stadium. A multi-year contract may be just what they need to tempt Scherzer into convincing him to wear the striped uniform.