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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
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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

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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

Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that the Cardinals are exploring the possibility of signing free agent Max Scherzer.

David Price and Cole Hamels are also names the Cards are considering, according to the report. Scherzer has been linked to the Cardinals because of his Missouri roots, but agent Scott Boras isn't believed to have much interest in hometown discounts. Where the other two would require the Cards to surrender players, though, Scherzer would only cost the club money. A number of clubs including the Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays, among others, are also thought to be interested in the 30-year-old, who could get something close to the $200 million he's believed to be asking for.
Jan 7 - 11:39 PM

According to MLB.com's Jason Beck, the Tigers haven't ruled out re-signing Max Scherzer.

The amount of money it's going to take may be out of the budget for a Detroit front office that has spent pretty wildly over the past few years, but Tigers owner Mike Ilitch often seems to ignore what's reasonable to reward players who have been highly productive for his club in the past. Scherzer is also thought to be drawing free agent interest from the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Cubs, Cardinals, and Angels. His final price tag could soar near $200 million.
Jan 1 - 8:01 AM

A major league source familiar with Boston's thinking told Rob Bradford of WEEI that the Red Sox are unlikely to make a serious run at free agent Max Scherzer.

Boston could use an ace and the club was listed as a possible landing spot Monday by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, but Bradford's source believes the Red Sox are merely being used as leverage against the Yankees (and the other interested clubs). Also on Heyman's list were the Tigers, Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Cubs, Cardinals, and Angels. Scherzer, 30, posted a 3.15 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 252/63 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings this past season for Detroit.
Source: WEEI
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 01:49:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman lists the Red Sox, Tigers, Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Cubs, Cardinals, Angels, and Yankees as potential landing spots for Max Scherzer.

It's difficult to identify a frontrunner here in late December and the feeling is that Scherzer is prepared to wait several more weeks to sign in order to maximize his free agent value. Heyman's list includes some of the most deep-pocketed teams in Major League Baseball. Scherzer, 30, could command something close to $200 million.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:40:00 AM

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 03:36:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Mike Carp
4Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
4Wilmer Difo
5Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
7Taylor Hill
8Michael Taylor
9A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Craig Stammen
3Matt Thornton
4Jerry Blevins
5Aaron Barrett
6Xavier Cedeno
7Blake Treinen
8Erik Davis
9Matt Grace
10Scott McGregor
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell
13Mitch Lively
14Evan Meek