Jan 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer speaks during an introductory press conference at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
This week was filled with news about a former Detroit Tigers star, Max Scherzer.
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The rest of the moves of the week paled in comparison. The Tigers signed Josh Prince and prepared for the Winter Caravan that will cross the state today’s TigerFest at Comerica Park.
On the slideshow, you’ll see anything you may have missed during this week.
We will start with our Max Scherzer stuff and get it out of the way to be able to finally move on.
"Scott Boras pulled off the near impossible. With a rumored asking price of anywhere from $200 to $216 million, many of the bigger spenders in the game cast Max aside and ruled out signing him. And for months there was really no concrete movement."
All that ended yesterday when rumors began circulating that Scherzer was close to signing with Washington.
The Nationals seemingly came out of nowhere and put the full-court press on Max and landed him. For $180 million, that’s a lot–remembering the Tigers offered him $144 million last spring to sign long-term–but not nearly the amount that Scherzer was reportedly seeking.
Early this afternoon it was announced that Max’s contract is $210 million. That means it is an incredible $66 million more than Detroit offered last March. So while fans scoffed and said he was crazy to turn down that incredible amount, he looks like a genius now by accepting a shockingly high amount.
Washington is not absorbing that hit immediately though. Scherzer’s deal is structured in such a way that, in essence, it’s a 14-year contract instead of a 7-year contract, paying out $15 million annually. While Max and the Nationals are in a relationship through 2021 (when Scherzer will be 37-years old), Washington will be on the hook of paying him through 2028.