Mets Shake Up MLB Futures Oddsboards With Max Scherzer Deal

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  • The New York Mets saw their World Series odds move from +2000 to +1100 after news of Max Scherzer agreeing to a deal to play for the Nets.
  • Scherzer and the Mets have agreed on a three-year deal for $130 million.
  • He will join Jacob deGrom to form one of the most formidable 1-2 punch in recent memory.

The New York Mets shook up Major League Baseball’s futures oddsboards on Monday by agreeing to make superstar right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer the oldest player in league history to sign a $100M contract.

According to sources, Scherzer and the Mets have agreed on a three-year deal worth $130M. Under the contract, Scherzer will earn a record $43.33 million salary which surpasses the $36 million that Gerritt Cole is currently getting from the Yankees after signing a nine-year $329 million deal in 2019. The contract also allows Scherzer to opt-out after two seasons.

New York lost starters Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz walk away in free agency, new Mets owner Steve Cohen filled the void by adding one of the best pitchers available in the market.

Gruesome Twosome

The 37-year old Scherzer will be joining ace Jacob deGrom to give the Mets starting rotation one of the most formidable 1-2 duos in recent memory. deGrom did not pitch after July 7 of the previous season because of concerns with his elbow, although a late-season MRI revealed that his elbow was healthy.

With Scherzer in, the duo atop the Mets’ rotation will have a resume that includes among others, 5 Cy Young Awards, 12 All-Star appearances, 5x MLB strikeout leader, and a total of 4,525 career strikeouts. Scherzer was among the best pitchers in the 2010 decade but has carried his brilliance to the 2020’s decade.

Last season, Scherzer posted a record of 15-4 with an ERA of 2.46, 236 strikeouts, and only 36 walks in 179 ⅓ innings pitched for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished third in the NL Cy Young balloting, marking the 8th time in the last nine seasons where he finished in the Top 5.

Mets World Series Odds Improve to +1100

The Mets have gone from +2000 when BetMGM first released the odds for the 2022 World Series to +1100 after news of Scherzer’s deal on Monday. At the same time, bets on the Mets poured in as they now have 26.1% of the current total betting handle and 7.8% of the total betting tickets at the said sportsbook.

New York’s odds also moved from +2000 to +1400 at Caesars Sportsbook, where they are tied with the Chicago White Sox for the 4th shortest odds to win the 2022 Fall Classic at +1200, behind only the Dodgers at +600, Astros at +750, and Yankees at +1100. At PointsBet, the Mets are tied with the current World Series champions Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays at +1200 with only the Dodgers at +550, Astros at +900, White Sox +1100, and Yankees +1100 having shorter title odds.

As far as National League odds are concerned, the Mets have the second-best odds at +600 with the Dodgers as NL winner odds on favorites at +275 via the BetOnline App. The Braves are third at +650. The Dodgers are also the betting favorite to win the pennant at +250 via PointsBet USA with the Mets and Braves chasing them at +600 and +650, respectively.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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