Nationals sign Max Scherzer to seven-year deal

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(Also written by me) – Faster than you can say “Wait, what?” the Nationals made their first big free-agent splash since 2010 (Jayson Werth). Analysis, opinions and excitement later right here on Side of Natitude.

Piece of The Plate

And just when you thought the Nats were done.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Washington Nationals have signed Max Scherzer to a 7-year deal worth more than $180 million.

In 2013, the righty won the Cy Young Award with the Detroit Tigers and did not disappoint in 2014, with a 3.15 ERA over 220 innings pitched, going 18-5. While he didn’t exceed his 2013 Cy Young season, 2014 most certainly lived up to expectations.

On the Nationals, Scherzer would presumably fall into the already stacked rotation alongside the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner RoarkJordan Zimmermann and/or Doug Fister.

At the beginning of the season, there was no correlation between Scherzer and the Nationals. If he didn’t re-sign with the Tigers, suitors appeared to be the Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, Giants or Dodgers. The…

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