It took long enough, but someone met Max Scherzer‘s high price tag–the Washington Nationals. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Nationals the former Detroit Tigers‘ ace pitcher to a 7-year deal worth ‘more than’ $180 million.
Max scherzer has an agreement on a 7-year deal with nats. Dollars are not known.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 19, 2015
Heading into free agency Scherzer was the clear top-shelf player available and super agent Scott Boras knew it. For those unfamiliar with Boras, he loves driving a player’s price through the roof. Scherzer was no different. Boras was looking for a deal in the neighborhood of $200 million, scaring off teams such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Tigers and many others.
Now the Nationals have their own three-headed monster with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman–assuming both don’t get traded. The team already finished with the best record in the National League last season, but were upended by the eventual champion San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. They hope that adding an arm the caliber of Scherzer can take them to that next step. He got the money, now it’s time to prove he’s worth the price tag.