Mets notes: Scherzer, Degroom, Nemo

Max Scherzer Buck Showalter, the Mets manager, said he is scheduled to deliver a working session on Tuesday Tim Healy from Newsday and other correspondents. A tight right hamstring kept Scherzer out of the intrasquad game by seven runs on Saturday, which should have been Scherzer’s last bit of work in the spring before the start of the regular season.

The ace has already thrown 11 innings into the Grapefruit League, so his arm may already be built up enough if he gets through Tuesday without any ill effects. It’s also possible for the Mets to choose some extra caution, and either push their first-time Scherzer starter back at least a few days, or maybe sideline him with a visit to an old IL just to make sure the 37-year-old is all set.

Scherzer’s health took on a bigger import for the Mets in the wake of Friday’s news Jacob Degrom He may miss at least the first two months of the season after an MRI revealed a stress reaction in the right scapula. The Mets begin play on April 7 with seven straight games (a four-game series against the Nationals then a three-game series against the Phillies), so there aren’t any rest days to provide breathing space for the stadium staff.

DeGrom and Scherzer have been postponed for the first two games of the schedule, with Chris BassettAnd the Carlos CarrascoAnd the Taiguan Walker Then it is set to follow in a spin. Instead of disrupting this planned routine, if Scherzer can’t show on April 7, ie from Tyler Miguel, David Petersonor Trevor Williams The first two matches could start, or even New York could choose a Bullpen. Of course, the Mets have also been known to look for more help at first, so a new face may suddenly appear to help fill the spinning picture.

DeGrum met with reporters (including Mike Puma of the New York Post) today to discuss his injury, and, unsurprisingly, “Frustration level is really high right now“For another long time on the injured list. A forearm injury ended Deegrum’s 2021 season on July 7, capping an amazing year that saw Deegrum clock 1.08 ERA over 92 rounds.

If there’s a positive side, DeGrom is confident his reaction to stress won’t be a long-term problem: “Structurally, everything looks fine, so once the bones are healed, we’ll be ready to go and build up from there and hopefully be healthy for the rest of the year.. As such, DeGrom reiterated that he still plans to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after the season, and to test the open market.

Most shooters with this recent injury history would be more reluctant to walk away a guaranteed $30.5 million in 2023, plus perhaps another $32.5 million in 2024 via the Mets option. However, if DeGrom is healthy and playing like he normally does when he returns to the hill, he is sure to get a more lucrative commitment for several years. As Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal points out, $12 million of Degrom’s 2023 salary will also be deferred, so pulling out would allow Degrom to get more money up front in a new contract.

In other Mets decade news (or lack thereof), puma Reports That there was no discussion between the club and Brandon NemoMy representatives about contract extension. Nimmo has stated multiple times that he would be interested in a long-term deal as he enters his final season before free agency. In general, most players prefer not to allow the talks to continue after opening day, so there may not be much time left to complete the deal if Nimmo sticks to this approximate deadline.

Nimmo has been one of baseball’s quietly more productive players in recent years, hitting .266/.393/.445 with 47 home runs over his 1,695 PA career. That translates to 131 OPS+ and 134 wRC+, but the key stat might be the relatively small number of board appearances, with Nimmo suffering multiple injuries. It’s possible that the Mets have put off extension talks to see if Nimmo can finally accumulate a significant amount of playtime in 2022, although if he stays healthy, Nimmo may then be tempted to test the free agent market.