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MLB Free Agent Rumors: New York Yankees seen as a likely suitor for Max Scherzer

Written by Doug Rush

The New York Yankees are seen as a likely suitor to pursue Max Scherzer in free agency this winter.

With the New York Yankees expected to spend big this winter, they are doubling down on all the big names.

They’re in on the two biggest shortstops on the free agent market in Corey Seager and Carlos Correa.

They’re also in on free agent pitchers too; as they’re not only interested in Justin Verlander, who is on the mend from missing almost two seasons due to Tommy John Surgery, but they’re also expected to pursue Max Scherzer as well.

After spending almost seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, Scherzer was traded before the deadline back in July to the Los Angeles Dodgers and had a ton of success with them, going 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts.

Scherzer is 37 years old, but he doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon and can help a team like the Yankees who need a solid veteran ace near the top of their rotation.

For years, Yankees fans have been hoping that Brian Cashman could make a deal with the Nationals to land Scherzer, but they went on a World Series run in 2019, the pandemic shortened the season to 60 games in 2020 and the Dodgers made the deal with the Nationals last summer.

The biggest issue with the Yankees landing Scherzer could be the Dodgers, who could surely use him back in the rotation after they did not extend a qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers, like the Yankees, can spend with them, and the Dodgers had a three month head start to getting Scherzer to like Los Angeles enough to where they can convince him to stay past 2021.

Scherzer to the Yankees would be an ideal fit; it’s a matter of if Scherzer wants to come to New York and finish his Hall of Fame career in the Bronx, or if he’ll resume it pitching in Los Angeles.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.