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37 Max Scherzer SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 7/27/1984 | Birthplace: St. Louis, MO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Missouri | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $6,725,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/88
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Boras: Tigers 'were always in conversation' for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Boras stayed away from any details regarding negotiations with the Tigers and was very complimentary of the Detroit organization, per MLB.com. Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract extension from the Tigers last spring.

“First of all, (owner) Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win.

"To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70 percent of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning.

“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”


Nationals officially announce seven-year deal for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Nationals officially announced Wednesday they signed starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year contract.

“We are delighted to welcome Max Scherzer to our organization,” said Theodore N. Lerner, principal owner of the Nationals. “An incredibly talented and widely-feared pitcher, Max brings even more depth to an already outstanding rotation. We are confident he will make significant contributions to our pursuit of winning a World Series championship.”

Although the team did not release the financial terms of the deal, Scherzer is expected to make $210 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, half of the money is deferred. Scherzer will receive $105 million from 2015-21 and another $105 million from 2022-28.

Scherzer arrives in Washington having made the All-Star team the last two years. He is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA over seven MLB seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers. He won the AL Cy Young in 2013 after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

“We could not be happier to add a player of Max’s caliber to our stable of starting pitchers,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “It’s not every day that a team adds a Cy Young Award winner to its roster. He is a playoff-tested ace, and we’re excited to call him a part of our family.”


Max Scherzer showed interest in return to Tigers, but no contract talks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

"Boras reached out a couple times this winter to say Scherzer still had interest in Detroit, but no contract talks," Dombrowski told MLB.com reporter Jason Beck.


Nationals deal with Max Scherzer for $210M, half deferred


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Starting pitcher Max Scherzer's seven-year deal with the Nationals is worth $210 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, half of the money is deferred.

Scherzer will receive $105 million from 2015-21 and another $105 million from 2022-28.

The Nationals offer ended up being $66 million more than the seven-year offer the Tigers made to Scherzer last spring. The deferrals make the value less than $210 million, but there is no income tax for non-residents in Washington D.C., according to Heyman.

Scherzer is headed back to the NL after spending the last five seasons pitching in the AL for the Tigers. The two-time All-Star is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA in seven MLB seasons. Scherzer, who won the AL Cy Young in 2013, is set to join a Nationals rotation that features Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.


Nationals sign pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Nationals have signed pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Reports broke early on Sunday that the market was heating up for Scherzer, and the Nationals were mentioned as a possible landing spot. While Scherzer was expected to receive a massive contract on the market, the terms of his seven-year deal are not known at this time. The 30-year-old Scherzer is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.15 ERA over 220 1/3 innings.

With the signing, Scherzer will join Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in the team's rotation. Tanner Roark would also be in the mix for the rotation, but has less experience than the players ahead of him. 

Scherzer was considered the best player left on the free-agent market. 


Max Scherzer negotiating 7-year deal with Nationals, one other


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer is getting close to deciding which team he’ll sign with and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Scherzer has discussed signing a seven-year deal with the Nationals and one other team.

In 2014, Scherzer went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA over 220 1/3 innings for the Tigers.


Dombrowski: Tigers 'probably not' going to re-sign Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi is still not expecting Detroit to re-sign starting pitcher Max Scherzer, according to the New York Post.

“I would say no, probably not,” Dombrowski said Thursday when if he thought he would re-sign Scherzer.

“We’ve been in a situation where we’re pretty well set with our starting pitching. We’ve got five starters that we’re comfortable [with]. I guess you never tell what happens, but we’re not in any type of active pursuit of any other pitching right now."

Scherzer, who made $15.525 million in 2014, has won 10-plus games in five straight seasons. He was an All-Star the last two seasons.


Yankees' Steinbrenner: 'We're not going to be afraid to spend money'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated Wednesday more offseason moves for New York could be coming, despite general manager Brian Cashman being active this offseason, according to MLB.com. The Yankees have already re-signed third baseman Chase Headley and infielder Stephen Drew, signed reliever Andrew Miller and traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before spring training," Steinbrenner said. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

Steinbrenner said he wants to get New York back to the postseason while trying to keep the the payroll in the same range, but left the door open to perhaps target one of the top free-agent players still available. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and James Shields are two of the top names still on the free-agent market.

"[But] having said that, we're still the New York Yankees, all you guys know that," Steinbrenner said. "We know what the fans expect. We know what the town expects. We're not going to be afraid to spend money."


Report: Tigers 'have to have' pitcher Max Scherzer


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) The Detroit Tigers have reportedly said the team "has to have" pitcher Max Scherzer, according to DetroitNews.com.

The report goes on to say the team is concerned with David Price's future as well as Anibal Sanchez's health. Scherzer has been a top free agent prospect throughout the offseason, with interest from the Cardinals and Diamondbacks among other teams. 

The 30-year-old led the majors in wins in 2013, recording 21. He followed that with an 18-5 mark in 2014, with 220 1/3 innings pitched and 252 strikeouts.


Report: Cardinals considering Hamels, Price and Scherzer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) The Cardinals are considering trading for Cole Hamels or David Price, and are also exploring the option of signing Max Scherzer, according to FoxSports.com.

While St. Louis has shown interest in both Hamels and Price, no deal is close, according to the report. The club is reportedly concerned with the rotation depth behind Lance Lynn. Adam Wainwright is the team's ace, but is coming off elbow surgery. Michael Wacha also had arm issues last season. 

St. Louis is reportedly more interested in picking up a left-handed starter, but the cost to acquire Hamels is high. The club would have to part with pitching prospects Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzalez. Outfielders Randal Grichuk or Stephen Piscotty would have to be considered as well. 

Price may be cheaper, as he's under contract for just one more season. If the team brings in Price, the thought is that they would attempt to sign him to a long-term contract. 


Angels continue to show little interest in signing Scherzer, Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday the team continues to have little interest in signing free agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer or James Shields, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We have not engaged with any free-agent pitcher at all," Dipoto said. "We’re still committed to the guys we have. We haven’t explored anything beyond the pitching we have now."


Report: Tigers may be able to match Max Scherzer's best offer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2015) The Tigers may have the opportunity to match pitcher Max Scherzer's best offer, according to MLB.com.

Scherzer remains a free-agent, and is reportedly seeking a huge contract. While the Tigers are one of the few teams that could pony up the money to bring Scherzer back, it's unclear whether the two sides are talking about a deal. If another team were to make an offer to Scherzer, the Tigers may have a chance to match that offer, though. Agent Scott Boras denies this is the case, while a source with knowledge of the Tigers' plans suggests Detroit will have a say. 

The 30-year-old Scherzer posted a 3.15 ERA over 220 1/3 innings last year. 


Report: Red Sox not in Scherzer sweepstakes


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) Despite rumors to the contrary, the Red Sox are an unlikely suitor for free agent right-hander Max Scherzer, according to WEEI.

The Red Sox are seeking a top-of-the-rotation starter, but they valued Jon Lester far more and would not present Scherzer with a more lucrative contract than the $135 million they offered their former ace. A source told WEEI that the Scherzer rumors regarding Boston are driven by his camp seeking leverage in talks with other teams, including the archrival Yankees.


Giants' Sabean: No plans to talk to Max Scherzer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Giants general manager Brian Sabean said that the Giants have not talked to free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer and have no plans to do so, the Mercury News reports.

Scherzer is the biggest name on the pitching market and could be seeking a deal north of the $155-million pact signed by Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. His price tag may not be feasible for the Giants' budget. The 2013 AL Cy Young winner went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 252:63 K:BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2014.


Cashman: 'I don't think Yankees fans will be looking at Max Scherzer'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Unless Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is being deceptive about his offseason plans, then Yankees fans better prepare to not see Max Scherzer in pinstripes starting in 2015, as it doesn't appear New York is actively pursuing the free agent starting pitcher.

"I don’t think Yankees fans will be looking at Max Scherzer," Cashman said in an interview with NBC New York, per NJ.com. 

It has been reported Scherzer is looking for a deal in the $200 million range. Cashman said Scherzer is on a "higher level than we'd like to play in right now."

Last week at the Winter Meetings, the agent for Scherzer -- Scott Boras -- was angling for the Yankees to sign the 30-year-old pitcher.

"The idea of them having a No. 1 pitcher certainly would add protection to where their current pitchers are, to take innings off them, give them a little bit an umbrella, somebody to be the No. 1," Boras said Wednesday. "It certainly … I can’t predict what the Yankees are going to do, but a guy like Max fits in with their starting rotation to develop a World Series-caliber set, similar to what they’ve had in the past."


Report: Cardinals not active in Max Scherzer market


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The Cardinals say they are not active in the market for free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer, USA Today Sports reports.

Scherzer is expected to command a huge deal, one the Cardinals feel is too expensive for their budget. He's 39-8 with 492 strikeous in 434 1/3 innings over the last two seasons.


Stewart: Diamondbacks considering pursuing Scherzer, Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Friday that the team is discussing internally whether to pursue free-agent pitchers Max Scherzer or James Shields, the Arizona Republic reorts.

The Diamondbacks were able to free up about $16 million in payroll by dealing pitcher Wade Miley and catcher Miguel Montero, and it appears that money could be used to target one of the market's top starting pitchers. Scherzer figures to command a deal much larger than Shields.


Dombrowski: Tigers 'not in active pursuit' of SP Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) It appears the chances of the Tigers re-signing starting pitcher Max Scherzer are dwindling, as general manager Dave Dombrowski revealed Thursday at the Winter Meetings the right-handed hurler is not on the team's radar at the current time.

"I guess anything can happen, but we’re not in active pursuit of that situation at this time," Dombrowksi said of re-signing Scherzer, per the Detroit Free Press.

The 30-year-old Scherzer has won 10-plus games in five straight seasons for Detroit. He has won 39 games over the last two seasons. He is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA in seven MLB seasons.


Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski shoots down Max Scherzer rumors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski called a recent report that his team is "prepared to spend big, big dollars" on free agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer, "not accurate," per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday.

Scherzer turned down Detroit's 15.3 million qualifying offer in November. In his five seasons with the Tigers, Scherzer went 82-35 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 161 starts.


Cardinals pondering a pursuit of free agent SP Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Cardinals have considered pursuing free agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Cardinals have had internal discussions about Scherzer, and even some current and former St. Louis players have called the right-handed hurler to talk about pitching for the team.

Scherzer is a product of suburban Chesterfield, Mo., Parkway Central and the University of Missouri.


Holaday: Tigers 'definitely still on the table' for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Although there hasn't been a lot of free-agent speculation regarding starting pitcher Max Scherzer, who turned down the Tigers' $15.3 million qualifying offer in November, catcher Bryan Holaday indicates a return to Detroit could still be a possibility for the right-handed hurler.

"Max is good at keeping his mouth shut, but I know the Tigers are definitely still on the table," Holaday said in a radio interview, per The Detroit News.

Scherzer spent the last five seasons with Detroit, going 82-35 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 161 starts. He struck out 9.6 batters per nine innings in that span.


Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


V-Mart, Scherzer turn down qualifying offers from Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer both declined their qualifying offers from the Tigers, according to multiple reports. If either player signs with another team, then the Tigers will receive draft-pick compensation.

Top arms out of reach for D-Backs, but Kenta Maeda could be option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart has made it clear he would like to improve the team's starting rotation, according to The Arizona Republic. Stewart could begin getting closer to his goal as early as this week at the general manager's meetings.

"I don't know if we get it accomplished this week," Stewart said, "but by the time we start the season I'd really like to try to improve our starting rotation.

"If we can clearly improve our team, then I'm not hesitant to make a trade. I don't know that we will or that we won't. What I know is that there's some clubs out there that we've had some conversations with that includes pitching, pretty good pitching. It's a matter of if we can make it happen or not."

Stewart doesn't think the Diamondbacks can afford to pursue free-agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields. However, Arizona might be in the mix for Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda, if the Hiroshima Carp make him available through the posting system.

"I think that he's going to be a great addition to the club that's going to be able to get his services," Stewart said. "We definitely have interest in him."


For now, Yankees have 'zero' plans to pursue Jon Lester, Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Yankees have "zero" plans at the moment to pursue free-agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, sources connected to the team told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Yankees are currently focused on finding mid-rotation options, with Brandon McCarthy, Jason Hammel and Chris Capuano being top targets.