UPDATE: Ken Rosenthall has reported Scherzer's deal is worth 210 million dollars. But he will be payed over a 14 year span, 15 million dollars in each season.
With Scherzer only being payed 15 million each season for his first seven years, this move allows room for the Nationals to extend Shortstop Ian Desmond, SP Doug Fister, or even SP Jordan Zimmerman. This 14 year contract is very interesting and will work in Max Scherzer's favor. This likely means that Scherzer will never be traded in the later years of his contract due to the back-load of the deal.
The Washington Nationals have agreed on a 7 year deal with starting pitcher Max Scherzer.
Max Scherzer, A man out of St. Louis Missouri, has had interest from a number of teams this offseason. Teams such as the Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, Red Sox and many others have been linked to his name. But no one had mentioned Washington. Chris Cotillo, a teenage writer for SB Nation, reported that the Nationals and Scherzer had on-going discussions throughout the weekend.
Scherzer, 30, was an 18 game winner following up his Cy Young winning campaign in 2013. Finishing with 252 strikeouts and A 3.15 ERA, he had quite the impressive season. With a deal greater than 180 million dollars(Ken Rosenthall) he aims to be one of the highest paid players throughout his contract. Last season the Tigers submitted a 145 million dollar, and after declining the 21 million dollar AAV contract, he has accepted a deal to be paid greater than 26 million dollars per season.
Scott Boras, for all of those who don't know, is a MLB agent representing some of the biggest clients in Major League Baseball. As Scherzer's agent, the media has been bashing him for "his horrible decision" to reject Detroits offer, thinking there is now way he gets more. Boras was right once again, after nailing down this monster deal.
As Chris Cotillo sent that tweet stating the Nationals had joined the Scherzer pursuit he shocked the nation. Why do they need Max? Their rotation currently stands like this: Scherzer, Zimmerman, Strasburg, Gonzales, and Fister. That marvelous rotation leaves out a 15 game winner, Tanner Roark. Roark finished last season with a 2.85 ERA, which leads one to believe he belongs in the rotation.
Mike Rizzo, Nationals GM, will likely plan on moving one of their two pitchers in their contract season, Jordan Zimmerman or Doug Fister. Zimmerman, who threw a no-no in his last regular season game, seems to be the most likely candidate. With Scherzer added to the payroll they likely cannot extend Zimmerman, which makes a lot of sense for him to be traded. Teams such as the Red Sox, Cardinals, and Yankees are looking for a high caliber pitcher and could be a great fit for Jordan.
MLB continues to shock fans around the world and will continue to with a team full of starting pitchers available via trade.