Max Scherzer proves loyalty to Rangers with bold trade deadline stance

Max Scherzer's refusal to waive his NTC this year shows his dedication and faith to the Rangers.
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On Wednesday afternoon, reigning World Series champion Max Scherzer appeared on Foul Territory and put to rest any trade speculation surrounding the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

The right-hander's comment was in response to A.J Pierzynski asking if he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause again — reminiscent of his time with the New York Mets — and enter into a trade for a third time.

Scherzer's response was emphatic: He believes in the Rangers' chances, and isn't interested in leaving.

Scherzer was previously traded twice out of his last three seasons played —but it is evident that he likes where he is wearing blue, red and white.

Max Scherzer won't waive no-trade clause to leave Rangers

The Rangers are Scherzer's sixth team, as he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 11th overall pick in 2006. He then made his major league debut in 2008 and was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2009 — going on to win his first Cy Young Award in 2014.

He then went to the Washington Nationals in 2015, making five straight National League All-Star teams from 2015-2019 while also earning back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2016 and 2017. Scherzer also won his first World Series title with the Nationals in 2019.

His final two stops before the Rangers saw him with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets.

Looking forward

Including earning a World Series Championship with him, the Rangers have seen great success with Scherzer in their pitching rotation. This includes cementing a sweep in Scherzer's first start with the Rangers against the Chicago White Sox.

The St. Louis, Mo. native missed out earlier this season due to a nerve issue relating to back surgery. The 39-year-old was recently activated from the injured list and has since made four starts featuring a 3.09 ERA and a 1-2 record.

With 44 wins so far this season, the Rangers currently sit at third in the American League West, with 20 wins at Globe Life Stadium.

Regardless of the way the rest of the season pans out, Scherzer has made it clear he's here to stay.

"Yeah, I'm not going to do that, but I just don't think I even have to think about that," Scherzer said. "We're going to play better baseball and it's going to be a moot point to even talk about. I think we're going to win here."