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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Contract: view contract details

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Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings with a Grapefruit League-high nine strikeouts Wednesday against the Cardinals.
It's too bad for Scherzer that Opening Day isn't here already. He's been sharp right since the start of the spring, with an obscene 23/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Mar 25 - 5:59 PM

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Max Scherzer has been named the Nationals' Opening Day starter.

Stephen Strasburg had been given the Nats' last three Opening Day nods, but Scherzer will get it this year after signing a $210 million free agent contract with the club in January. Scherzer boasts a 1.93 ERA and 14/0 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring. He should be one of the very best fantasy starters in 2015.
Mar 23 - 11:33 AM

Max Scherzer struck out six while allowing one run over five innings Friday in a defeat of the Astros.

Scherzer walked none. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 14/0 K/BB ratio through 14 innings this spring.
Mar 20 - 4:32 PM

Max Scherzer held the Astros to one hit over four scoreless innings on Sunday.

Scherzer struck out three and walked one. His first spring in D.C. is proceeding smoothly, with a 2.00 ERA and an 8/1 K/BB ratio in nine innings.
Mar 15 - 4:26 PM

Max Scherzer will start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Mets.

Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington over the winter, is expected to throw two innings in his first outing with his new club. He's expected to be followed by Tanner Roark, who currently projects to pitch out of the bullpen this season.
Mar 3 - 1:32 PM

Nationals signed RHP Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract.

The signing was originally reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Monday. Half of Scherzer's $210 million is deferred through 2028, making the present-day value of the contract slightly less than the total value. Scherzer is 39-8 with a 3.02 ERA and a 492/119 K/BB ratio over 434 2/3 innings in the last two seasons. Now in the National League, and more specifically the NL East, Scherzer should continue being an extremely valuable fantasy asset in 2015. Meanwhile, the Nationals will arguably have the most fearsome starting rotation in baseball as presently constructed.
Jan 21 - 2:03 PM

The Nationals have scheduled a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for a "major baseball announcement."

It's safe to assume that the Nationals will make the Max Scherzer signing official at that time. The two sides have agreed to a seven-year, $210 million deal. Half of the money is deferred, so the present value of the contract is a bit less than it appears on paper. Either way, both sides got creative to get a deal done and Scherzer should remain a fantasy ace in D.C.
Jan 20 - 12:40 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals and free agent right-hander Max Scherzer have agreed to a seven-year contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the deal will be worth more than $180 million. The contract will run through his age-36 season in 2021. The Nationals' rotation was already plenty scary, but the addition of Scherzer makes Tanner Roark (who had a 2.85 ERA and 15 wins last year) the team's sixth starter. Not bad. Not bad at all. Of course, that might not last long, as the Nationals are now expected to move Jordan Zimmermann or another starting pitcher.
Jan 19 - 12:04 AM

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are "very close" to a deal with free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

There have been rumblings throughout the day that the Nationals were making a push to sign Scherzer to a seven-year contract, and it seems that the two sides are getting closer on a deal. If the Nats are able to get him signed, they'll reportedly look to deal Jordan Zimmermann or another starting pitcher.
Jan 18 - 8:08 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York post reports that the Yankees are not the mystery team in on Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is reportedly closing in on a seven-year contract, with the Nationals and another team still in play, but that team isn't the Yankees according to Sherman. The Tigers are also reportedly out, leaving it as a true mystery to who could be bidding against the Nationals.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS reports that a couple of teams, including the Nationals, are talking to Max Scherzer about a seven-year deal.

Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million offer from the Tigers during the season, so Scott Boras is certainly seeking more than that for his client. Heyman also notes that Scherzer is likely to have a deal soon, with at least two teams in the mix.
Jan 18 - 4:53 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, there's a growing sense around the league that Max Scherzer will sign with the Nationals.

The Nats haven't publicly expressed much interest in the prized right-hander and Cotillo notes that no deal appears imminent. He would add to an already loaded Nationals rotation and make them a prime contender for the National League crown.
Jan 18 - 4:33 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters Saturday the club is "not actively shopping" for starting pitching help.

The Cardinals have been rumored to be in the market for a big fish such as Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels or David Price, but Mozeliak repeated his stance that the club isn't actively looking to add. In recent days the Tigers were also reportedly out on Scherzer, leaving his market a bit up in the air. Of course, nobody's word really means much of anything, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up in St. Louis or back with the Tigers when all is said and done, either.
Jan 17 - 4:45 PM

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner did not rule out signing free agent Max Scherzer, according to Anthony McCarron and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.

Steinbrenner said, "We still have a full month before spring training. We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it." However, he also expressed concern about the Yankees' payroll, currently estimated at close to $210 million. Steinbrenner added, "You don't have to have a $200 million payroll to win." Scherzer, the winner of the 2013 AL Cy Young award, is looking for a deal of six or seven years in length and close to $200 million in total value.
Jan 15 - 8:05 AM

A team official told Tony Paul of the Detroit News that the Tigers "have to have" Max Scherzer.

Someone with the club proclaiming how badly they need Scherzer isn't going to help general manager Dave Dombrowski's bargaining power. But, between David Price's impending free agency after 2015, Justin Verlander's decline and Anibal Sanchez's health, it's no surprise that the official feels this way. Dombrowski has said on record that the Tigers aren't in active conversations with Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, but the GM is known for playing things close to the vest. Scherzer reportedly is looking for a contract in the $200 million range.
Jan 9 - 3:15 PM

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