Max Scherzer RUMORS & NEWS

  • Scherzer named Opening Day starter

    Nats Insider "Max Scherzer will start Opening Day for the Nationals, the club announced Monday, a not-surprising answer to a question that nonetheless had hovered over camp all spring. Scherzer, signed by the Nationals in January to the largest contract ever given a free-agent right-hander (7 years, $210..." March 23

  • Max Scherzer offers impending free agent David Price advice entering contract year with Tigers

    Michigan Live "Former Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer just went through it. David Price could be next. One of the top starting pitchers in the American League, Price is set to become a free agent at the end of this season and has positioned himself to sign a deal that could exceed the dollar value of the..." March 12

  • Tigers' Verlander not upset with Scherzer for leaving

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. And for the first time in five years, right-hander Max Scherzer is not one of them. Scherzer instead will report with the Washington Nationals on the eastern side of Florida, after signing a seven-year, $210-million contract..." February 19

  • MLB execs vote Nationals’ Max Scherzer the worst free agent signing in ESPN poll

    Washington Post "If “Most Creative Contract” was a category in ESPN senior writer Jayson Stark’s annual poll of baseball executives about teams’ offseason moves, Max Scherzer and the Nationals probably would’ve won that, too. As it is, Scherzer and his seven-year, $210 million deal – structured to take..." February 18

  • Thanks to deferred payments, Max Scherzer will get $80,000 per day for the next 14 years

    Hardball Talk "Max Scherzer‘s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals includes a huge amount of deferred money, making the present-day value of the deal significantly less than $210 million. But don’t worry: He’s still getting paid a ton of money over the life of the contract, which is spread..." January 22

  • Max Scherzer says winning, not cash, landed him in D.C.

    Detroit News "The guy who did almost nothing but win in Detroit said he went to Washington because he wanted to win. OK, then. Max Scherzer slipped on his new No. 31 Nationals jersey during an introductory press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, officially putting an end to his..." January 22

  • After Scherzer Said No in March, Ilitch, Tigers Disengaged

    Fox Sports "A postscript on Max Scherzer's seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals: Throughout the offseason, many baseball observers expected Scherzer to return to the Detroit Tigers because of owner Mike Ilitch's history of signing Scott Boras clients -- particularly late in the..." January 20

  • Max Scherzer signing in DC should spur NL contenders to pursue Hamels

    Sporting News "Max Scherzer is heading to Washington, which means that a Nationals team with a nearly flawless lineup now boasts a rotation with the 30-year-old right-handed free agent, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez, with Tanner Roark in reserve. It is possiblethe..." January 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Scherzer deal with #Nationals is seven years, $210M with half deferred. He will receive $15M per year for 14 years.

  • Nationals complete deal with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals radically altered the baseball landscape Sunday night, ending a winter of relative inactivity by agreeing to a seven-year contract with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, according to a person with direct knowledge of the talks. Though terms of the deal weren’t..." January 19

  • Hal Steinbrenner won't rule out Max Scherzer to Yankees

    New York Daily News "Maybe it’s just his DNA talking, but while Hal Steinbrenner added his voice to the chorus of Yankee bigwigs sounding doubtful about adding a pricey player such as Max Scherzer, the Boss Jr. didn’t slam the door on an expensive upgrade, either. “Look, it’s not over till it’s over,” Steinbrenner..." January 15

  • Could Hamels, Price or Scherzer be answer to Cards' rotation needs?

    Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals say they like their starting rotation. But that is not preventing them from pursuing a major upgrade. The team is exploring trades for left-handers Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer, according to major-league..." January 08

  • Here's the way Scherzer could land on the Red Sox

    CSN New England "If they wouldn't shell out big money for Jon Lester, why would they pay more for Max Scherzer? That's the conventional logic as to why the Red Sox not only won't sign Scherzer, but won't get involved in the bidding for him. (Though, to this point, there doesn't appear to be any bidding..." December 31

  • Are the Yankees in on Scherzer?

    Fox Sports "For insight into where the top free-agent pitcher will sign, let's turn to an unlikely source: the case of the top free-agent hitter six winters ago. Max Scherzer today has two things in common with Mark Teixeira then: He is a player whose talent both the Red Sox and Yankees covet, and he is..." December 29

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    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Sabean said Giants have not talked to Scherzer, don't plan to talk to him.

  • Yankees not targeting Max Scherzer

    ESPN New York "Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed Thursday that the team is highly unlikely to bid on right-hander Max Scherzer, the top starting pitcher in this offseason's free-agent crop. "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,''..." December 19

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    anthony fenech @anthonyfenech

    Dombrowski on Scherzer: “I guess anything can happen but we’re not in active pursuit of that situation at this time."

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Max Scherzer is seeking a guarantee of more than $200 million, which only one pitcher (Clayton Kershaw) has achieved in MLB history.

  • Tigers willing to spend to keep Max Scherzer

    Sporting News "Free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer reportedly remains a top priority for the Tigers one year after turning down a six-year, $144-million deal with the team. Detroit is focused on re-signing the former American League Cy Young winner, according to's Buster Olney. Scherzer, who..." December 09

  • Might Yanks revisit their low-key winter plan and shoot for Scherzer? "So far this offseason, there hasn't been much that's new and interesting tied to the Yankees -- baseball's most storied franchise and usually among its most active winter players. And there has been very little, if anything, that's been linked to right-hander Max Scherzer -- baseball's top..." November 18

  • Tigers GM talks boldly of a Scherzer-less rotation

    New York Post "The Tigers almost certainly made their last best shot to sign Max Scherzer long term in spring training, when the righty rejected a six-year, $144 million overture. As general manager Dave Dombrowski said, “Back then only we could have signed him. Now, 29 other teams could sign him. As you see,..." November 12

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Source: Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez did not accept qualifying offers (as expected). Now officially free agents.

  • How big will Max Scherzer's free agent contract be?

    Bless You Boys "According to many pundits, Max Scherzer is the best pitcher available on the free agent market this winter. He turned down a six year, $144 million offer to stay with the Detroit Tigers prior to the 2014 season. His agent, Scott Boras, has a reputation for getting the most money possible for his..." November 04

  • Yankees have no plans to pursue free agents Pablo Sandoval, Jon Lester or Max Scherzer

    New York Daily News "Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the..." November 04

  • Brayan Pena gets Rolex from Max Scherzer for Cy Young

    Detroit Free Press "Brayan Pena didn't think twice when Max Scherzer asked him for his address so he could send him something. Pena, who spent this past season catching and playing first base for the Cincinnati Reds, had enjoyed playing for the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and was glad to play a small role in helping..." October 28

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Dombrowski: Don't know if they'd hit market for a starter if Scherzer leaves. Would be comfortable with internal competition in camp.

  • Tigers face losing Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez to free agency

    Hardball Talk "Celebrated Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski has a very difficult couple of months ahead of him. Not only is he faced with the annual questions about the state of his bullpen, but he could lose 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and 2014 AL MVP candidate Victor Martinez in..." October 06

  • Free-agent-to-be Max Scherzer has shot at legacy

    Detroit Free Press "Like a tightrope walker reaching the platform, Max Scherzer can exhale now. He made it across. Working without a net this season, on a one-year contract he chose over a six-year, $144-million offer in the spring, Scherzer has been flirting with grenades all season. A serious arm injury, a major..." October 02

  • Tigers' Max Scherzer notches first career complete game in 3-hit gem

    Detroit News "Never had pitched a complete game, Max Scherzer? You’ve pitched one now. Never had a two-run infield single, Miguel Cabrera? You have one now. Never had hit a home run off Chris Sale before, Victor Martinez? Uh-oh, buzzer sound. He had hit one — but go ahead, have another, Victor. With..." June 13

  • Scherzer tops list of impending free agents "Max Scherzer had his worst outing of the season Wednesday, and even in that he showed a side of himself that will be valued when he becomes a free agent in the fall. Scherzer allowed seven runs in the first three innings, with his pitch count spinning out of control, and yet he still held it..." May 23

  • Max Scherzer puts right spin on Tigers' sixth straight win

    Detroit News "In nearly every game he has started since becoming a complete pitcher, there’s been a moment exquisitely defining Max Scherzer’s maturation. Sometimes there are many such moments. But in Monday night’s 2-0 Tigers’ victory over the Houston Astros, one stood out. With Astros at first and..." May 06

  • Max Scherzer says Sports Illustrated 'lied to and misled' him

    Sporting News "Max Scherzer is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, but the reigning American League Cy Young winner is not happy the magazine chose to focus on his contract dispute with the Detroit Tigers. In March, the Tigers broke off negotiation with Scherzer after he rejected a contract..." April 29

  • Max Scherzer strikes out 10, Detroit salvages a split with Chicago

    Michigan Live "This time, there would be no meltdown in the bullpen. Detroit's offense wouldn't allow it. Rajai Davis drove in a pair of runs, highlighted by an RBI double in the eighth inning that extended the Tigers' slim lead and helped them narrowly escape with a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on..." April 25

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    Freep Tigers @freeptigers

    Scherzer: "I talked to Dave . . . about how things were handled. He said he kind of regretted how it went down."

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    Tigers and Max Scherzer were also two years away on length of deal during negotiations. Scherzer looking for 8-year; Tigers offering 6

  • Max Scherzer would like to stay, but will the Tigers pay?

    Detroit Free Press "Max Scherzer won’t talk about his next contract. He doesn’t want to negotiate through the media, which is crazy, because everyone knows the best way to improve your life is to discuss it publicly. What Scherzer has said is that he digs Detroit, he wouldn’t mind remaining a Tiger, and that he’s..." March 02

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Tigers and Max Scherzer are not close on extension, source says. Scherzer told reporters Opening Day is his deadline.

  • Max Scherzer to table talks in-season "Max Scherzer insists he will not discuss a new contract with the Detroit Tigers if a deal isn't reached by Opening Day. Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, can become a free agent after this season and likely would receive lucrative offers on the open market. The..." February 15

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Scherzer optimistic on contract situation, hopes they can get something done by spring training. Will not do contract talks in season.

  • Price tag of Tigers' Max Scherzer could be $200 million if he reaches free agency

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers and Max Scherzer avoided arbitration last week, but there's likely no getting around the monster payday coming for the AL Cy Young winner. While Scherzer is unlikely to approach the record deal Clayton Kershaw received from the Los Angeles Dodgers (seven years, $215 million),..." January 22

  • Tigers, Max Scherzer avoid arbitration for $15 million

    Hardball Talk "What does a 29-year-old pitcher coming off a Cy Young-winning season get in his final year of arbitration eligibility? Well, in Max Scherzer‘s case Jon Heyman of reports that he’s avoided arbitration with the Tigers for $15.525 million. That’s a huge jump from the $6.725 million..." January 18

  • Tigers' Max Scherzer to get boost by Clayton Kershaw's monster deal?

    Detroit Free Press "Max Scherzer had a good day Wednesday. That’s because the Dodgers apparently made Clayton Kershaw the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Multiple media outlets reported that Kershaw, 25, agreed to a seven-year, $215-million contract extension, one that certainly could impact the price..." January 16

  • Tigers' next big move may be locking up Scherzer "For most teams, the cold winter weeks between the holiday season and Spring Training are the time to wrap up loose ends and find a bargain or two. For the Tigers, though, January has been more like holiday shopping. As the calendar flips to 2014 and free agency offers more remnants and fewer..." January 04

  • Dombrowski shoots down rumor about Max Scherzer, says Tigers haven't started extension talks

    Michigan Live "Dave Dombrowski doesn't know whether the Detroit Tigers will be able to sign reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a long-term extension. But he does know that he certainly hasn't informed other teams that it won't get done. "That's not accurate," he said when asked to comment about an..." December 12

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Sources: AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer "definitely in play" in trade talks. Nothing imminent, but teams know he can be had.

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    #Tigers are telling teams they're not optimistic about getting an extension done with Max Scherzer but have no plans to deal him.

  • Freed from Prince Fielder contract, Tigers should spend now on Max Scherzer

    Detroit News "Some bright baseball guy dropped a bomb, and the trade-rumor meister picked it up and ran amuck with it. It traveled from to Fox to ESPN – and soon it was splashing all over the Internet. It quickly hit the Detroit media outlets. And there it was the hot topic on sports radio, pro..." November 24

  • Scherzer extension 'more possible' after Tigers unload Fielder's contract

    Michigan Live "Just give the money to Max Scherzer. That probably was the initial reaction of many Detroit Tigers fans upon hearing the news that Prince Fielder, and his monster contract, had been traded Wednesday. In order to acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler and ship Fielder to the Texas Rangers,..." November 21

  • Scherzer understands baseball's a business, but still doesn't want Tigers to trade him

    Michigan Live "Max Scherzer understands why the Detroit Tigers may have to consider trading him. He just doesn't want it to happen. The newly minted American League Cy Young award winner will be in the final year of his contract in 2014 and is expected to receive a hefty raise in arbitration. If the Tigers..." November 16

  • Scherzer open to contract extension with Tigers "On the day Max Scherzer officially won the AL Cy Young award for his amazing 2013 season, he was prepared for the questions about 2014. With rumors building about the possibility of the Tigers trading Scherzer with a year left on his contract and potential free-agent stardom to follow, he didn’t..." November 14