Mets Trade Max Scherzer to Texas Rangers

The New York Mets traded star right-hander Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers on Saturday, strengthening the Rangers' rotation for a World Series run

A tentative deal was reached earlier in the day, but Scherzer had to waive his no-trade clause. After expressing irritation over the Mets' trade of

closer David Robertson, Scherzer agreed to join the American League West-leading Rangers, who are 60-45 and one game ahead of the Houston Astros.

Luisangel Acuna, 21, a middle infielder and center fielder, will join the Mets as a prospect.

Acuna was hitting.315 with seven home runs, 51 RBIs, and 42 stolen bases in 82 games for Double-A Frisco in the Rangers' organization.

Scherzer opted into the Rangers' 2024 season as part of the deal. The Mets will cover more than $35 million of Scherzer's remaining terms

After the Mets' 11-6 loss to the Washington Nationals Saturday night, New York manager Buck Showalter said the transaction

After the Rangers' 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres, Bruce Bochy said "there's nothing I can give you right now."

After Jacob deGrom's season-ending Tommy John surgery in June, the Rangers entered trade-deadline season looking to improve their pitching.

They traded for Scherzer despite his $43.3 million annual salary and the possibility that he could opt out of his contract after this season.

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