The news broke in the middle of the night. Shortly after 12:00 am, Max Scherzer was confirmed as the newest piece of the Washington Nationals‘ pitching rotation. The numbers weren’t immediately clear, but it was clear that Scherzer was about to get paid. Boy, did he get paid. He got paid roughly $66 million more than the Detroit Tigers were willing to dish out.
THIS JUST IN: Max Scherzer's deal with Nationals is 7-years, $210 million. Deal is $66 million more than Tigers offered. (via @FOXSports)
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The total numbers of his contract get a little crazier than that, even. Reportedly, Scherzer will only get half of his contract while being a member of the Nationals. The other half will be paid as $15 million per year, for seven years after his contract. Max “Contract” Scherzer is set for life.
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