The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first battle for Max Scherzer's services, but a war could be looming this offseason.
Audacy MLB Insider Jon Heyman reports that while the Dodgers beat out the Los Angeles Angels and other potential suitors for Scherzer ahead of last month's trade deadline, the Angels are among the teams expected to circle back on the three-time Cy Young Award winner if he reaches free agency this winter:
Even at age 37, Scherzer continues to perform at an extremely high level in 2021. He made his eighth All-Star Game appearance in July, and between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers he has a 2.67 ERA and 3.44 FIP across 121 1/3 innings this season.
Teams are typically hesitant to commit multiple years to a player in his late-30s, but it isn't difficult to imagine Scherzer landing a multi-year deal on the free-agent market this offseason. The Angels -- desperate to not waste any more of the peaks of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani -- may be more inclined to offer such a pact than the Dodgers.
In addition to whatever money he makes playing in the coming years, Scherzer is also due to collect $15 million on July 1 of every year between 2022 and 2028 as part of the deferrals in the seven-year/$210 million deal he signed with the Nationals ahead of the 2015 season.