The top player available on the MLB free agent market finds a home in the nation’s capital
Max Scherzer turned down a $144 million extension last year, pitched his way to a $200 million asking price in free agency and finally found a home. All it took was $210 million.
Scherzer’s bet on himself paid off as he signed a 7-year deal that will pay him $210 million in deferred payment over 14 seasons.
From Bob Nightengale:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 19, 2015
Scherzer adds to an already-stacked rotation in Washington joining Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark. The signing moved the Nationals to the favorite to win the World Series, according to Bovada at 7-1. Whether the Nationals will keep the rotation together or look to move one of the starters is up to rumors and debate at this point.
John Perrotto throws out one rumor that may come as a surprise to some:
— John Perrotto (@JPerrotto) January 19, 2015
But a Tigers fan warns that nothing is guaranteed. Our Fan Tweet from Paul:
National fans…be warned. We had Scherzer and the best rotation in baseball for a couple season, it didn't result in a World Series
— Paul (@optibotimus) January 19, 2015
Alex Smolokoff goes more in depth on the deal over at TodaysKnuckleball.com here.