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By Brendan Ross, Nationals Correspondent, Mon, Jan 19th 3:21pm EST

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.

By Chris Zolli, Nationals Correspondent, Fri, Jan 9th 3:54pm EST

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.

By Chris Zolli, Nationals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 11:42am EST

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.

By Christopher Ziza, Nationals Correspondent, Tue, Dec 2nd 10:02am EST

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

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.

Max Scherzer News & Advice

news | Jan 28th, 11:48pm
A week after adding Max Scherzer to the front of their rotation, the Nationals have agreed to a deal that addresses the only issue they faced on the way to Spring Training, adding another solid late-innings option in former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen.
ESPN | Jan 22nd, 10:10pm
Max Scherzer will be paid a salary of $35 million per year in each of the final three seasons of his contract with the Washington Nationals -- except all $35 million will be deferred without interest, according to a source familiar with the contract.
news | Jan 22nd, 7:33pm
Depending on the source, the Nationals' signing of Max Scherzer makes them either extreme or prohibitive favorites to win the National League East. Yet count new Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer among those unwilling to crown the Nats just yet.
news | Jan 22nd, 5:08pm
While the signing of Max Scherzer has dominated Nationals news in recent days, the club is facing plenty of other issues at the moment. General manager Mike Rizzo addressed some of those on MLB Network's Hot Stove show on Thursday morning, the day after Scherzer's introductory news conference at Nationals Park.
news | Jan 22nd, 2:25pm
With the acquisition of Max Scherzer, it immediately became trendy to favor the Nationals to win the 2015 World Series, but though they should be able to once again secure the National League's best record during the regular season, there will be far less certainty come the postseason, and no club knows that better than the one in Washington.
news | Jan 22nd, 2:00pm's Jim Duquette takes an updated look at the top five most likely destinations for free-agent righty James Shields now that Max Scherzer has signed with the Nationals.