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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer was in top form as he struck out nine, walked none, hit a batter and allowed three hits in six innings of work. He got out of his only jam (runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out) by striking out the No. 8 hitter and the pitcher.

Fantasy Impact: Last year, Scherzer struck out 252 batters (third in the AL). He could strike out even more in the National League facing pitchers at the plate.

 

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Max Scherzer gets the nod to be the opening day starter for the Nationals. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: He starts the season as the Nationals number one in a stacked rotation. The Nationals are all-in in 2015 and Max is leading the way. Look for him to have a strong season and worth the high draft pick.

 

Max Scherzer looked sharp in his third spring training start, striking out three, walking one and allowing a double in four innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer is on track for an Ace-like performance in 2015, well worth drafting as your first starter if he's available.

 

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Scherzer has a simple motto; You either get better or you get worse. Right now, Scherzer is focused on getting better and has added a refined Cutter to unleash on the NL (Source: NBCSports)

Fantasy Impact: After receiving the biggest free agent contract for a pitcher ever, Scherzer got to work and added a pitch to his arsenal. He isn't the best SO pitcher in the game but this should help increase his numbers. Right now he owns a 27% strikeout rate and is one of the safest bets on the board. In his six full seasons with over 1,200 IP under his belt, Scherzer has never landed on the disabled list, and he’s now as safe a bet for 200 IP with 220 K as there exists in the league. His ERA has been low for the past two seasons, and now he’s moving to a great pitcher’s park, league, and division,. There’s absolutely no good reason in my mind to worry about him.

 

Max Scherzer has agreed to a 7-year contract with the Washington Nationals worth a reported $210 million. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The elite right-handed power pitcher has finally landed on a team. Already considered by many to be the most talented starting pitching staff in 2014, the Nationals add a top-5 starting pitcher to their already sterling roster. There are questions now if Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmerman could be moved. Expect Scherzer to have an ERA under 3.00, a WHIP around 1.10, and compete with Clayton Kershaw for the NL strikeout champion. Scherzer is a locked in stud for 2015, so draft him with confidence.

 

Many teams are looking at the top free agent, but, as with all top free agents, the Yankees are always a viable option. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are without a true ace and Scherzer would give them the pitcher that they need to compete, even if the price tag is steep. The Yankees have made some shrewd short term price cutting moves and do have the financial space to acquire Scherzer. The 30 year old righty has become one of the premier pitchers in baseball, winning the 2013 AL Cy Young and racking 10.5 K/9 and a 3.24 ERA over the past three seasons. The true difference in his game over the past four seasons with the Tigers is that he has refined his control, now only 2.6 BB/9, and that he has averaged 217 innings over the past two seasons. Scherzer is a top-five SP for the season and the Yankees pairing him with Masahiro Tanaka would give them a one-two punch that compares with any in the AL.

 

A six year contract at $25 million is a bit too much for the Yankees, so they will look for other options then Scherzer to top the rotation. (Source: ESPN NY)

Fantasy Impact: Although Scherzer may be too expensive, the Yankees may still be in the running for James Shields. The former Cy Young winner would have been a nice addition, but Shields has pitched in the AL East for seven years with the Rays and gained playoff experience with both the Royals and Rays. Although he may not be as flashy as Scherzer, Shields has topped 200 innings for eight seasons and the Yankees need a stable option at the top of the rotation.

 

According to Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday, free agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer is still a possible signing for the club. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Tigers fans, but keeping Scherzer is still only a remote possibility at the moment. With free agency playing itself out, don't expect the right-handed stud to be in any hurry to sign with a team in the near future. As other top tiered starting pitchers like Jon Lester and James Shields sign, you can expect the Scott Boras client to wait to make a choice. No matter the salaries for the other top tier pitchers, it is fair to assume that Scherzer will only come back to the Tigers for less than last year's offer of six-years and $144 million dollars. Considering his age, awkward delivery, the loss of velocity on his fastball last season as well as it appearing to be a tight market, Scherzer will have a hard time finding a suitor that will match his 7-year, near $200 million dollar demands.