MAX SCHERZER PRESS CONFERENCE

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MAX SCHERZER PRESS CONFERENCE

The New York Mets introduced Max Scherzer at a virtual press conference today.

PRESS CONFERENCE EXCERPTS

Steve Gelbs: Take us through the decision-making process from your point of view … What conversations did you have that made you feel confident that you could win here at this stage, in your career?

Max Scherzer: There’s so factors that went into my decision. First, when I took the Zoom call with Steve and Billy and got to know those two, Steve said, ‘it’s whatever it takes to win here.’ He wants to win a championship. Obviously when you look at the team, the most obvious thing is pitching with Jake (deGrom). Playing in New York, spring training right in my backyard, makes it real easy. I can still see my kids at a pretty high rate … moving to the west coast was going to present a real challenge. At this point in my career, you put all those things together and that’s when I said I’m going to be in New York Met.

Steve Gelbs: You talked about what this means to the fan base. Just what do you think a move like this signals to the rest of major league baseball?

Steve Cohen: I’m not sure what they, what they’re thinking. I’m concerned about the New York Mets and I’m concerned about the fan base and I feel like I made a commitment to them and I want to deliver on that.

Question: There was a perception before the signing that maybe free agents were a little hesitant to come here for whatever reason, from your perspective, what does this do to change that?

Steve Cohen: I don’t know where that narrative came from. We signed four free agents within the span of a few days. So, whoever had that thought, I guess they were wrong.

Question: I’ve gotten a lot of questions on number 31 and 37 are unavailable here. Do you have an idea of what your uniform number will be?

Max Scherzer: I haven’t made a final decision yet, but who knows.

Ed Coleman: You know Jake very well from competing against him. I just wonder whether you talk with him or touch base with him during this process and whether that had any influence with you?

Max Scherzer: I called Jake after our meeting just to get a sense of what New York was like and how he’s feeling, and just get a state of where he’s at and came away happy with it. The dream of pitching with him … we can do some great things together. I’ve been very fortunate throughout my whole career to have great starting pitchers beside me. I know how powerful that can be when you have guys to feed off and watch great pitchers. This is a real exciting opportunity to be a part of that.

Tim Healey: The Mets were under the impression over the summer that you would have vetoed a trade to the Mets if that were to come to fruition, or if the team started walking down that path. Was that true?

MS: It was more coming from the Nationals that over the summer that they didn’t want to trade me in division.  I understood it and I kind of agree … that really aligned me with teams that were out west. It came down to basically San Diego and the Dodgers. But in free agency, it’s a whole different animal. I was not dictating that I was going to be playing in one city or the next, I was waiting to see what teams were interested in.

Deesha Thosar: What are your thoughts about returning to the NL East after seven years on the other side with the Nationals?

MS: When you change teams it’s always bizarre. It’s such a weird experience. I just got a first taste of it last season moving to the Dodgers. That was completely weird … it’ll be fun to compete against them. You look forward to those matchups, facing your friends. I mean, it makes you do some crazy things sometimes. This is just another chapter.

Andy Martino: From your standpoint a lockout does seem inevitable. Can you confirm that and why do you think that is from your perspective?

MS: When you look at how the 2016 CBA agreement has worked over the past five years, and as players we see major problems in it. First and foremost: We see a competition problem and how teams are behaving because of, uh, certain rules. Adjustments have to be made because of that in order to bring up the competition. As players that’s absolutely critical to have a highly competitive league. When we don’t, we have issues.

Bruce Beck: How much do you embrace the opportunity and the challenge of pitching in New York?

MS: That’s the goal. That would be the ultimate dream … to win the whole thing. But I recognize it. I mean, it takes an absolutely unbelievable effort from now until that time, of everybody playing well and being healthy at the same time, to reach that dream because only one team at a 30 gets to do that. It’s really going to start here real soon because it’s now December and that’s when you start training to get ready for the season. This is the fun time of year is when you really start to get back into the weight room and start running and doing everything it takes to prepare yourself to be at your best, not now, but in October.

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