The conditions were worse than LAA The decisive reason for turning a blind eye to Scherzer LAD.
It seems that there were many disappointing things.
Max Scherzer, wearing a New York Mets uniform, expressed his feelings about leaving the Dodgers at the joining ceremony on the 2nd (Korea Standard Time), saying, “I think the fatigue syndrome in his arm came because the Dodgers club limited the number of pitches to reduce the burden.”
Scherzer canceled his mound on October 24th, complaining of discomfort in his arm ahead of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves. The reason for this was explained. In other words, if he had left it as he wanted in the regular season, he could have pitched better in the postseason.
Scherzer’s decisive opportunity to feel disappointed about the Dodgers actually came during the FA negotiations. The Dodgers did not guarantee the third year of the contract. According to local media, the average annual salary of $36 million was the final offer for a two-year contract. Scherzer, who had a period more important than money, had no choice but to lose his will to stay with the Dodgers.
In addition, the conditions offered by the LA Angels, the Dodgers’ rival, turned out to be better than the Dodgers. The LA Times said on the 13th, “According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the Angels, who desperately needed to reinforce the starting lineup, went closer to the contract with Scherzer than the Dodgers.”
It has not been revealed to what level the conditions the Angels gave Scherzer, but it is believed that they have guaranteed at least three years of the contract period. Moreover, Scherzer was in favor of the Western team, so it was highly likely that he would sign a contract with the Angels.
However, when the New York Mets offered an all-time high treatment of $43.3 million per year as well as a three-year contract period, he changed his mind. In response, Dodger Blue said, “Scherzer said he liked the west coast, but as a result, he penalized the Dodgers and the Angels by choosing a club close to Florida with a family.”
It is true that the Angels failed to secure a top ace after losing the final Scherzer recruitment match. However, Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen were brought from the FA market to strengthen their second and third starters, and they are also reportedly pushing for a starting pitcher trade with the Cincinnati Reds.
On the other hand, the Dodgers are in a position where it is virtually impossible to reinforce the starting lineup without catching the internal FA Clayton Kershaw.