The New York Mets flashed a bright shiny sign that said “Open for business” on Thursday when they traded closer David Robertson to the Miami Marlins ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
Apparently Max Scherzer wasn’t a fan of the move.
The three-time Cy Young winner showed some displeasure while talking to reporters after a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Specifically, he said he needed to talk to the Mets front office about his future with the team now that it’s officially for sale, via MLB.com:
“I have to have a conversation with the front office … about everything,” Scherzer said. “That’s the most I’ll say. You’ve got to talk to the brass. You’ve got to understand what they see, what they want to do. That’s the best I can tell you.
“I told you I wasn’t going to comment on this until (owner) Steve (Cohen decided) to sell. We traded Robertson. Now we have to have a conversation. I haven’t had that conversation yet, and I will.”
The Mets traded Robertson to the Marlins in exchange for a pair of promising prospects in infielder Marco Vargas and catcher Ronald Hernandez. The return might have been good, but the message to trade the closer with a 2.05 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 44 innings was an undeniable white flag in a season where the Mets are 49-54 and sit 6.5 games back from the third. and last wildcard spot.
Scherzer’s own performance is part of why the Mets have struggled. He threw seven innings and allowed one run against his former team on Friday, but he still has a 4.01 ERA in 19 starts, not what the team envisioned when it signed him to a three-year, $130 million contract two offseasons ago.
He seemed aware of that Friday:
“We put ourselves in this position. We haven’t played well as a team. I’ve had a hand in why we’re in the position that we’re in. Can’t get mad at anyone but yourself, but , It stinks.”
Scherzer is technically under contract for next year, but has an opt-out after this season. That would likely be the first topic of conversation when he actually sits down with Mets management. The 39-year-old Scherzer may not be living up to expectations so far this season, but it’s undeniable that he wants to play for a contender in his final years as a productive player.