CHICAGO — If Mets brass wants a suggestion on 1 of Max Scherzer’s previous superstar teammates from Washington, he’s prepared to give it.
But Scherzer explained to The Post on Sunday he is not about to get emotionally hooked up to the idea the Mets could go after Juan Soto in a trade.
“That is the front office’s work, but all I can explain to you is he is excellent,” Scherzer said in advance of the Mets played the Cubs at Wrigley Area. “He’s a excellent human being, a wonderful teammate. I actually appreciated enjoying with him and I can only say fantastic things about him.”
Soto just lately turned down the Nationals’ contract extension supply of $440 million more than 15 many years and can be had in a trade, according to The Post’s Jon Heyman.
Scherzer — who like Soto is represented by Scott Boras — indicated he isn’t stunned Soto rejected the proposal, primarily amid studies the Lerner loved ones is hunting to sell the Nationals.
“You have to realize everybody’s vying fascination,” Scherzer reported. “The participant is Juan — he needs to get initially and foremost. I experience like that is his moral compass on a career final decision. Choose the cash and toss it out the window. I attempt to put myself in his shoes.”
The 23-yr-aged outfielder does not hit free company right up until immediately after the 2024 season. Any workforce trading for Soto would have to surrender a haul in prospects and be completely ready to expend the dollars essential to secure him very long time period. The Mets, beneath owner Steve Cohen, and a top-weighty farm technique that includes stud catching prospect Francisco Alvarez, match the criteria.
“The hardest issue for [Soto] is he’s obtaining the full organization aspect of this activity and he’s really young,” stated Scherzer, who was part of the Nationals’ 2019 Environment Sequence-winning team with Soto. “He’s experienced over and above his a long time to be able to tackle it. I just know it is tougher as a participant when you are accomplishing this, likely by way of this.
“You get some zeroes thrown driving it and it will get pretty outrageous, but you have to have a good head on your shoulders and tune it out and just go out and play baseball.”