The teams that were considered fore-runners in the Max Scherzer Sweepstakes were the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Yankees. None of these teams succeeded in their goal, however, as the Washington Nationals announced Wednesday the signing of Scherzer to a 7 year, $210 million deal the second largest in MLB history for a pitcher.
The 2013 AL Cy Young Award winning Scherzer will return to the National League after spending five seasons in Detroit from 2010 to 2014. Before then, Scherzer was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks for his rookie and sophomore seasons (2008 & 2009). After two relatively sub-par years in the desert he was packaged to Detroit, where he became one of the best pitchers in baseball. After thriving in the batting dominated AL, returning to the more pitching friendly NL should prove an easy transition for the 30 year old right-hander.
Now the Nationals suddenly have quite a formidable rotation, Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, and of course Jordan Zimmerman. The Nationals won the NL East in 2012 and 2014 and could easily do even more this season with the new addition.
Matt Morris ~ @Flat_Manigen74