CHICAGO — If Mets brass would like a advice on one of Max Scherzer’s former superstar teammates from Washington, he’s ready to give it.
But Scherzer told The Write-up on Sunday he is not about to get emotionally attached to the notion the Mets could go after Juan Soto in a trade.
“That is the front office’s occupation, but all I can tell you is he is fantastic,” Scherzer said just before the Mets performed the Cubs at Wrigley Industry. “He’s a great human being, a wonderful teammate. I definitely savored playing with him and I can only say good issues about him.”
Soto recently turned down the Nationals’ deal extension present of $440 million above 15 many years and can be had in a trade, in accordance to The Post’s Jon Heyman.
Scherzer — who like Soto is represented by Scott Boras — indicated he is not stunned Soto rejected the proposal, particularly amid experiences the Lerner spouse and children is seeking to market the Nationals.
“You have to understand everybody’s vying desire,” Scherzer explained. “The player is Juan — he wants to gain to start with and foremost. I feel like that is his ethical compass on a job decision. Consider the income and toss it out the window. I try to put myself in his shoes.”
The 23-calendar year-old outfielder does not strike cost-free agency right up until following the 2024 time. Any group buying and selling for Soto would have to surrender a haul in prospective customers and be completely ready to shell out the bucks needed to secure him long term. The Mets, under owner Steve Cohen, and a major-significant farm technique that involves stud catching prospect Francisco Alvarez, in good shape the standards.
“The toughest thing for [Soto] is he’s having the full business aspect of this activity and he’s incredibly youthful,” claimed Scherzer, who was element of the Nationals’ 2019 Earth Sequence-profitable crew with Soto. “He’s experienced further than his a long time to be capable to take care of it. I just know it is tougher as a participant when you are carrying out this, likely through this.
“You get some zeroes thrown behind it and it receives rather outrageous, but you have to have a very good head on your shoulders and tune it out and just go out and play baseball.”