Putting Max Scherzer’s New York Mets Contract Into Perspective
Credit: Wally Skalij, Getty. Max Scherzer throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.
Max Scherzer is coming to the Mets on a three-year deal worth $43.5 million a year, the largest annual salary of any player in Major League Baseball.
We thought we would have fun by putting this in perspective. Here is how Scherzer’s contract stacks up:
525: Percent increase between box seat in 1986 at Shea Stadium in today’s dollars ($24) and the cheapest equivalent box seat in 2022 ($150).
1,106: How many New Yorkers it takes to earn Max Scherzer’s Mets salary next season (based on 2019 Census).
$255,882: How much Scherzer makes per inning, based on 170 innings pitched.
$1.45 million: How much Scherzer makes per start, based on 30 starts.
$3.95 million: How much more Scherzer will make this year, including the $15 million he gets from the Nationals ($58.3 million), than what the Mets paid Dwight Gooden for his entire time with the team in today’s dollars ($54,545,304)
$35.8 million: Price of the Mets payroll in 1986 (inflation adjusted).
$37 million: The projected 2022 payroll of the Baltimore Orioles, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, $6.3 million less than Scherzer will make.
$85 million: The value of the Mets in 1986 after they won the World Series.
$130 million: What Scherzer will make over the course of his three seasons.
$380 million: What Scherzer is now guaranteed to have made in his career.