Max Scherzer 'would entertain an offer from the Cardinals'

By , Audacy Sports

While Max Scherzer seems most likely to land with a West Coast team in free agency, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is willing to hear from at least one team not in the Pacific Time Zone.

Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears that Scherzer "would entertain an offer from the Cardinals."

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This is a significant development because Goold reports that in addition to the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, Scherzer wasn't willing to waive his no-trade clause to go from the Washington Nationals to the Cardinals before the trade deadline.

Of course, the Cardinals were 51-51 on the day Scherzer was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The eight-time All-Star probably did prefer to be traded to a West Coast team, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres seemingly had a better path towards the World Series at that point as well. Little did he know that the Cardinals would go 22-7 in September, allowing them to claim the final Wild Card spot in the National League, before losing to Scherzer and the Dodgers in the Wild Card Game.

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Whether it was just as a rental or he ultimately re-signs with the Dodgers, approving a deal to go there proved to be the right decision for Scherzer. After his trade to the Dodgers, Scherzer went 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts. He's now a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, along with Zack Wheeler and Corbin Burnes.

Even at age-37, Scherzer still checked in at No. 3 on our countdown of the top free agents this offseason. Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School and played collegiately at the University of Missouri. Scherzer is certainly still fond of his home state, as he asked his Dodgers teammate Albert Pujols -- a Cardinals icon -- to take a picture with him at Busch Stadium in September, which he said he planned to frame in his house. Whether or not his childhood fandom will play a factor in where he signs what will likely be his final major contract remains to be seen.

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