The Texas Rangers have acquired three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer from the New York Mets in exchange for shortstop Luisangel Acuña, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr., and cash considerations.
The deal, which was first reported by The Athletic, is pending the completion of medical exams.
Scherzer, 37, is in the second year of a three-year, $130 million contract he signed with the Mets in November 2021. He is 6-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 17 starts this season.
Acuña, 21, is the No. 5 prospect in the Mets’ farm system, according to MLB Pipeline. He is a switch-hitter who has hit .282 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 84 games at Double-A Binghamton this season.
The trade is a major coup for the Rangers, who are currently in first place in the American League West. Scherzer is a proven ace who can help them make a run at the World Series.
The Mets, meanwhile, are in the midst of a rebuilding process. They are trading away veterans in order to acquire young talent.
The trade is the latest in a series of moves by the Rangers to improve their roster. In recent weeks, they have also acquired outfielder Corey Seager and pitcher Marcus Semien.
The Rangers are hoping that the addition of Scherzer will help them make a deep run in the playoffs this season.