Max Scherzer

Texas Rangers, Starting Pitcher
Age: 39-341d (Jul 27, 1984)
Exp: 15.079 Years
Country: US
College: Missouri
Drafted: Round 1 (#11 overall), 2006
Agent(s): Scott Boras (Boras Corporation)
2024 Payroll Salary

$22,500,000

2024 Cash

$53,333,333

Career Earnings

$324,574,999

2022-2024 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Max Scherzer signed a 3 year , $130,000,000 contract with the New York Mets, including $130,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $43,333,333. In 2024, Scherzer will earn a base salary of $22,500,000, while carrying a total salary of $43,333,334. Scherzer's adjusted salary with the New York Mets is $22,500,000
Contract Terms:
3 yr(s) / $130,000,000
Average Salary:
$43,333,333
Signing Bonus:
N/A
Free Agent:
2025 / UFA
Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2022 37 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 18.84% $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2023 38
$43,333,333 - - - -
2024 39
Player
$22,500,000 $12,500,000 - $22,500,000 $65,833,333
2025 40
UFA
Retained Salary
2023 38 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 18.60% $43,333,333 $86,666,666
2024 39 $30,833,333 $30,833,333 13.01% $30,833,333 $117,499,999
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2022 37 13.079 $43,333,333 - - $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2023 38 14.079
$43,333,333 - - $43,333,333 -
2024 39 15.079
Player
$43,333,334 - - $22,500,000 $12,500,000
2025 40 --
UFA
Retained Salary
2023 38 $43,333,333 - - $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2024 39 $30,833,333 - - $30,833,333 $30,833,333
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2022 37 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $21,944,444
2023 38
- - - - -
2024 39
Player
$22,500,000 $22,500,000 $65,833,333 $21,944,444 $22,500,000
Retained/Dead Cash
2023 38 - $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $86,666,666 $43,333,333 $74,166,666
2024 39 - $30,833,333 $30,833,333 $117,499,999 $37,083,333 -
Contract Notes
  • Opt-out available after 2023
  • Full no trade clause
  • MVP: $200,000
  • Cy Young: $200,000
  • World Series MVP: $150,000
  • LCS MVP: $100,000
  • All-Star: $100,000
Source: MLB contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2015-2021 Free Agent

Max Scherzer signed a 7 year , $210,000,000 contract with the Washington Nationals, including $50,000,000 signing bonus, $210,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $30,000,000.
Contract Terms:
7 yr(s) / $210,000,000
Average Salary:
$30,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$50,000,000
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2014-2014 Arbitration

Max Scherzer signed a 1 year , $15,525,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $15,525,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $15,525,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $15,525,000
Average Salary:
$15,525,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2013-2013 Arbitration

Max Scherzer signed a 1 year , $6,725,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $6,725,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,725,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $6,725,000
Average Salary:
$6,725,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2012-2012 Arbitration

Max Scherzer signed a 1 year , $3,750,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $3,750,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,750,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $3,750,000
Average Salary:
$3,750,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2011-2011 Pre-Arb

Max Scherzer signed a 1 year , $600,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $600,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $600,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $600,000
Average Salary:
$600,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2007-2010 Rookie

Max Scherzer signed a 4 year , $4,300,000 contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, including $4,300,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,075,000.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $4,300,000
Average Salary:
$1,075,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2006-2006 Signing Bonus

Max Scherzer signed a 1 year , $3,000,000 contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, including $3,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,000,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $3,000,000
Average Salary:
$3,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$324,574,999

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

5 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2006 21
Signing Bonus
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
2007 22
Active
$950,000
$3,950,000
2008 23
Active
$950,000
$4,900,000
2009 24
Active
$1,450,000
$6,350,000
2010 25
Active
$950,000
$7,300,000
2011 26
Active
$600,000
$7,900,000
2012 27
Active / Arb Avoided
$3,750,000
$11,650,000
2013 28
Active / Arb Avoided
$6,725,000
$18,375,000
AL Cy Young
2014 29
Active / Arb Avoided
$15,525,000
$33,900,000
2015 30
Active
$15,175,000
$49,075,000
2016 31
Active
$15,100,000
$64,175,000
NL Cy Young
2017 32
Active
$15,100,000
$79,275,000
NL Cy Young
2018 33
Active
$15,100,000
$94,375,000
2019 34
Active
$15,100,000
$109,475,000
Champion All MLB (1st)
2020 35
Active
$15,000,000
$124,475,000
2021 36
Retained
$15,100,000
$139,575,000
All MLB (1st)
2022 37
Active
Deferred
$43,333,333
$15,000,000
$182,908,333
$197,908,333
All MLB (2nd)
2023 38
Retained
Deferred
$43,333,333
$15,000,000
$241,241,666
$256,241,666
2024 39
Injured / Player Exercised
Deferred
Retained
$22,500,000
$15,000,000
$30,833,333
$278,741,666
$293,741,666
$324,574,999
Total      
$324,574,999
$278,741,666
$293,741,666
$324,574,999
2025 40
Deferred
$15,000,000
2026 41
Deferred
$15,000,000
2027 42
Deferred
$15,000,000
2028 43
Deferred
$15,000,000
Total
$384,574,999
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2006
21
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
2007
22
$950,000
$950,000
$3,950,000
2008
23
$950,000
$950,000
$4,900,000
2009
24
$1,450,000
$1,450,000
$6,350,000
2010
25
$950,000
$950,000
$7,300,000
2011
26
$600,000
$600,000
$7,900,000
2012
27
$3,750,000
$3,750,000
$11,650,000
2013
28
$6,725,000
$6,725,000
$18,375,000
2014
29
$15,525,000
$15,525,000
$33,900,000
2015
30
$10,000,000
$5,000,000
$175,000
$15,175,000
$49,075,000
2016
31
$15,000,000
$100,000
$15,100,000
$64,175,000
2017
32
$15,000,000
$100,000
$15,100,000
$79,275,000
2018
33
$15,000,000
$100,000
$15,100,000
$94,375,000
2019
34
$15,000,000
$100,000
$15,100,000
$109,475,000
2020
35
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
$124,475,000
2021
36
$15,000,000
$100,000
$15,100,000
$139,575,000
2022
37
$43,333,333
$15,000,000
$43,333,333
$15,000,000
$182,908,333
$197,908,333
2023
38
$43,333,333
$15,000,000
$43,333,333
$15,000,000
$241,241,666
$256,241,666
2024
39
$22,500,000
$15,000,000
$30,833,333
$22,500,000
$15,000,000
$30,833,333
$278,741,666
$293,741,666
$324,574,999
Total
$270,899,999
$53,000,000
$675,000
$324,574,999
$278,741,666
$293,741,666
$324,574,999
2025
40
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
2026
41
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
2027
42
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
2028
43
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
Total
$330,899,999
$53,000,000
$675,000
$384,574,999

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
3 $1,900,000 $3,000,000 - $4,900,000
6 $29,000,000 - - $29,000,000
10 $100,000,000 $50,000,000 $675,000 $150,675,000
3 $117,499,999 - - $117,499,999
1 $22,500,000 - - $22,500,000

Injuries

Year Dates Reason
2017 WSH Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 Neck
2019 WSH Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019 Back
2019 WSH Jul 29, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019 Back
2021 WSH Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 22, 2021 Groin
2022 NYM May 20, 2022 - Jul 05, 2022 Oblique
2022 NYM Sep 07, 2022 - Sep 19, 2022 Oblique
2023 TEX Sep 13, 2023 - Oct 01, 2023 Arm
2024 TEX Mar 28, 2024 - TBD Back
  • Jul 29, 2023 Exercised a $43.3M player option for 2024 with Texas (TEX)
  • Jul 29, 2023 Traded to Texas (TEX) from New York (NYM) for Luisangel Acuna
  • Apr 20, 2023 Suspended 10 games for a Uniform Violation (sticky substance)
  • Nov 29, 2021 Signed a 3 year $130 million contract with New York (NYM)
  • Jul 29, 2021 Traded to Los Angeles (LAD) from Washington (WSH) with Trea Turner for Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Gerardo Carrillo and Donovan Casey
  • Jan 19, 2015 Signed a 7 year $210 million contract with Washington (WAS)
  • Jan 17, 2014 Signed a 1 year $15.525 million contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Feb 04, 2013 Signed a 1 year $6.725 million contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Jan 17, 2012 Signed a 1 year $3.75 million contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Mar 09, 2011 Signed a 1 year $600k contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Dec 08, 2009 Traded to Detroit (DET) from Arizona (ARI) as part of a 3-team trade: New York (NYY) traded Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit (DET); Detroit (DET) traded Curtis Granderson to New York (NYY); Detroit (DET) traded Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy to Arizona (ARI); Arizona (ARI) traded Daniel Schlereth to Detroit (DET)
  • May 30, 2007 Signed a 4 year $4.3 million contract with Arizona (ARI)
  • Jun 06, 2006 Drafted by Arizona (ARI): Round 1 (#11 overall)
  • Jun 20, 2003 Signed a contract with Arizona (ARI)
Year Team GP GS H R ER BB K HR W L SV IP ERA WHIP WAR
2024 TEX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.00 0.00
2023 TEX 27 27 126 65 64 45 174 28 13 6 0 152.7 3.77 2.65 2.14
2022 NYM 23 22 108 39 37 24 173 13 11 5 0 145.3 2.29 1.49 5.24
2021 LAD 30 30 119 53 49 36 236 23 15 4 0 179.3 2.46 1.81 -0.42
2020 WSH 12 12 70 30 28 23 92 10 5 4 0 67.3 3.74 3.07 2.16
2019 WSH 29 27 144 59 56 33 243 18 11 7 0 172.3 2.93 1.72 0.02
2018 WSH 35 33 150 66 62 51 300 23 18 7 0 220.7 2.53 2.08 0.77
2017 WSH 31 31 126 62 56 55 268 22 16 6 0 200.7 2.51 0.41 7.19
2016 WSH 34 34 165 77 75 56 284 31 20 7 0 228.3 2.96 0.45 6.23
2015 WSH 34 33 176 74 71 34 276 27 14 12 0 228.7 2.79 0.75 6.91
2014 DET 33 33 196 80 77 63 252 18 18 5 0 220.3 3.15 0.39 5.75
2013 DET 32 32 152 73 69 56 240 18 21 3 0 214.3 2.90 0.43 6.49
2012 DET 32 32 179 82 78 60 231 23 16 7 0 187.7 3.74 0.35 4.35
2011 DET 33 33 207 101 96 56 174 29 15 9 0 195.0 4.43 0.39 1.40
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