CHICAGO — If Mets brass would like a suggestion on a single of Max Scherzer’s former celebrity teammates from Washington, he’s willing to give it.
But Scherzer instructed The Publish on Sunday he is not about to get emotionally hooked up to the thought the Mets could pursue Juan Soto in a trade.
“That is the front office’s work, but all I can notify you is he is excellent,” Scherzer stated in advance of the Mets performed the Cubs at Wrigley Industry. “He’s a fantastic human being, a terrific teammate. I really enjoyed participating in with him and I can only say excellent issues about him.”
Soto just lately rejected the Nationals’ contract extension provide of $440 million about 15 many years and can be experienced in a trade, according to The Post’s Jon Heyman.
Scherzer — who like Soto is represented by Scott Boras — indicated he isn’t surprised Soto rejected the proposal, specifically amid studies the Lerner household is hunting to provide the Nationals.
“You have to comprehend everybody’s vying interest,” Scherzer stated. “The player is Juan — he needs to earn first and foremost. I feel like that is his moral compass on a occupation final decision. Get the dollars and toss it out the window. I consider to set myself in his footwear.”
The 23-year-aged outfielder doesn’t hit no cost company till following the 2024 season. Any group trading for Soto would have to surrender a haul in prospective clients and be all set to shell out the dollars desired to protected him extended phrase. The Mets, beneath proprietor Steve Cohen, and a top-hefty farm system that consists of stud catching prospect Francisco Alvarez, match the requirements.
“The hardest thing for [Soto] is he’s having the full small business aspect of this sport and he’s incredibly youthful,” explained Scherzer, who was part of the Nationals’ 2019 Earth Collection-profitable group with Soto. “He’s mature over and above his yrs to be in a position to deal with it. I just know it’s harder as a player when you are performing this, going through this.
“You get some zeroes thrown at the rear of it and it receives quite insane, but you have to have a great head on your shoulders and tune it out and just go out and participate in baseball.”