Max Scherzer
Starting Pitcher
Drafted: Round 1 (#11 overall), 2006
Experience: 15.079 Years
College: Missouri
Contract: 3 yr(s) / $130,000,000 Signing Bonus - Average Salary$43,333,333 Free Agent:2025 / UFA
Year   Age Status Base Salary Total Salary
2022 Contract details by year 37 $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2023 Contract details by year 38 $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2024 Contract details by year 39 $43,333,334 $43,333,334
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
Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.
Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Other Bonus Total Cash
2006 Player Cash Earnings - $3,000,000 - $3,000,000
2007 Player Cash Earnings $950,000 - - $950,000
2008 Player Cash Earnings $950,000 - - $950,000
2009 Player Cash Earnings $1,450,000 - - $1,450,000
2010 Player Cash Earnings $950,000 - - $950,000
2011 Player Cash Earnings $600,000 - - $600,000
2012 Player Cash Earnings $3,750,000 - - $3,750,000
2013 Player Cash Earnings $6,725,000 - - $6,725,000
2014 Player Cash Earnings $15,525,000 - - $15,525,000
2015 Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 $5,000,000 - $15,175,000
2016 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,100,000
2017 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,100,000
2018 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,100,000
2019 Player Cash Earnings - $15,000,000 - $15,100,000
2020 Player Cash Earnings - $15,000,000 - $15,000,000
2021 Player Cash Earnings - $15,000,000 - $15,100,000
2022 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,000,000
2022 Player Cash Earnings $43,333,333 - - $43,333,333
2023 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,000,000
2023 Player Cash Earnings $43,333,333 - - $43,333,333
2024 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,000,000
2024 Player Cash Earnings $22,500,000 - - $22,500,000
2024 Player Cash Earnings $20,833,334 - - $20,833,334
13 seasons $260,900,000 $53,000,000 - $314,575,000

Cap Hit

#2
Starting Pitcher
#1
Texas Rangers
#2
MLB

AAV

#14
Starting Pitcher
#2
MLB

Cash

#14
Starting Pitcher
#37
MLB
  • 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 4 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 9 2011

    Signed a 1 year $600k contract with Detroit (DET)

  • Dec 8 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 6 2006

    Drafted by Arizona (ARI): Round 1 (#11 overall)

  • Jun 20 2003

    Signed a contract with Arizona (ARI)