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Max Scherzer, Mets nearing $130M, 3-year deal, AP source says

NEW YORK — Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a successful physical.

The $43.33 million average salary would easily set a baseball record, smashing the $36 million Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole in averaging in his $324 million, nine-year contract with New York.

Scherzer, a 37-year-old right-hander, would have the right to opt out after the 2023 season to become a free agent once again.