Not too long ago, Max Scherzer very obviously evaded a question about his potential future with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2021 season.
That’s obviously “the move” since we can’t predict what the future holds, but it left many starting to truly question what might happen given all the free agency predicaments the Dodgers will face come November.
Don’t expect to see Trevor Bauer ever again. You can count on Dustin May likely returning in the middle of 2022.
Scherzer will hit free agency alongside Clayton Kershaw (among other big names set to see their contracts expire).
But in a jovial yet confusing twist, Scherzer offered up some commentary on Monday night ahead of Kershaw’s return from the injured list, which now has us thinking the West Coast won Mad Max over.
How ’bout that?
Did Max Scherzer just hint that an extension with the Dodgers is realistic?
Unless these two discussed skipping across town to the Angels, we’re not sure what else Scherzer would be referring to! He said “hopefully” and “here” in the same sentence after he declined to discuss a contract extension at the trade deadline, which he said “could have” happened back on July 30.
But maybe he merely didn’t want to do that because he was unsure how life with his new team would transpire. It’s also reasonable to think that he’s loving it given the success he’s experienced and the relationship he’s developed. He’s already messing around with Kershaw!
Scherzer has made eight starts for the Dodgers since the trade. The team has won all of those games. He’s 6-0 with a 0.88 ERA and has thrust himself atop the NL Cy Young power rankings.
At 37 years old, the right-hander obviously doesn’t have much time left in MLB, but maybe he’s already sold on the idea that the Dodgers are the best spot for him to live out the final years of his career since whatever he has left in the tank coincides perfectly with the Dodgers’ premier title-contending window.
At the very least, the Dodgers have October to make a lasting impression (if the last five weeks haven’t been enough) and will get the first crack at Scherzer when free agency arrives. It’d sure be cool to watch Scherzer run out to celebrate with Kershaw for his 3,000th strikeout in two-ish years.