The LA Angels have been linked to Max Scherzer since the trade deadline.
They made a push for him then, which showed that they would likely be interested in him this offseason.
It sounds like the right move, and is. However, Jim Bowden’s prediction for what Scherzer’s contract will be is literally insane. If paying $50 million per year for three years is what it’s going to have to be, then the Angels will have a much tougher decision to make than they may have expected.
Max Scherzer has to work out perfectly for the LA Angels to earn $50 million per year for three years.
Listen, I’m not completely opposed to the LA Angels paying $150 million over three years for Max Scherzer if he performs the way he did since the trade to the Dodgers. With the Dodgers, he posted a 1.98 ERA and a 7-0 record in 11 starts. He pitched to a godly 0.820 WHIP while only walking 1.1 batters per nine innings.
That being said, is it really safe for anyone to expect that from Scherzer for three more years? If there’s anyone who can do it, it could be Scherzer, as he seemed to get better with age this season. However, it’s a massive decision to pay a 37 year old this amount of money, even if they’ve won three Cy Youngs and been selected to eight All-Star teams.
The argument for the Angels to break the bank on Scherzer, even at this rate, obviously will always stem from the fact that the team has missed out on so many postseasons due to lackluster starting pitching these last seven years.
If there’s anybody worth taking the risk on, it very well may be Scherzer. It just may not be a risk worth taking, no matter who it is that they’d be paying.