Scherzer’s $210M, 7-year deal with Nationals is finalized
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer was introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching staff after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract Wednesday.
The Nationals announced the agreement with the free agent and held a news conference at their ballpark. Scherzer put on his new No. 31 Nationals jersey.
Scherzer said the factors in his decision were not complicated.
“It’s pretty easy, and it’s one: winning,” he said. “When you look at the near-term and long-term, this is an organization you want to be a part of.”
Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award with the Detroit Tigers, his club for the last five seasons.
“An incredibly talented and widely-feared pitcher, Max brings even more depth to an already outstanding rotation,” Nationals owner Ted Lerner said in a statement.
“We are confident he will make significant contributions to our pursuit of winning a World Series championship.”
In joining Washington, the 30-year-old Scherzer gets the largest total contract for a right-handed pitcher in big league history.
“These opportunities don’t come up every days with players of this caliber,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He’s everybody’s kind of guy.”
Scherzer adds to a starting staff for the NL East champions that led the majors with a 3.04 ERA in 2014 and already has with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.
Zimmermann and Fister can become free agents after next season.