Max Scherzer RUMORS & NEWS

  • Max Scherzer ties MLB record with 20 strikeouts against Tigers

    SB Nation "Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game on Wednesday night in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park. Scherzer walked none, though he did allow a pair of solo home runs, one to Jose Iglesias in the third inning..." May 12

  • Max Scherzer after Nats' loss: 'You go through funks ... this is a funk'

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals missed a chance Tuesday to secure the best start in team history, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3. A pair of doubles off Oliver Perez in the seventh inning provided the Phillies with the decisive run, but the six innings Max Scherzer delivered before that did not..." April 27

  • Planned rotation to begin season: Scherzer, Gonzalez, Strasburg

    Masn "Max Scherzer will start on opening day for the Nationals. That's been known, if not officially stated, all along. The order of the Nationals rotation after Scherzer, however, may come as a surprise to some: Gio Gonzalez will start the season's second game, with Stephen Strasburg following..." March 21

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    "He was my Opening Day before I got here." -- Dusty Baker after he was asked if Max Scherzer was his Opening Day starter. #Nats #MLB

  • Max Scherzer sums up why we should ignore spring training stats

    CBS Sports "Nationals ace Max Scherzer faced the Mets in spring training action on Thursday and offered up this quote after the game (via Associated Press): "I'm just gonna keep it vanilla. There's no reason to show them the chocolate, the strawberry or any other flavors." So he was making excuses for a..." March 04

  • Nationals’ Max Scherzer throws no-hitter with 17Ks vs. Mets

    Washington Post "In his final start of 2015, Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season since Nolan Ryan in 1973 and just the fifth in major league history. And he did it with dominance, striking out 17 New York Mets in a 2-0 win, including nine of the final 10 batters he..." October 04

  • Max Scherzer blames Taylor Swift for lighting problems at Nationals Park

    Hardball Talk "After play was stopped three times due to a lighting malfunction at Nationals Park, last night’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals was suspended in the top of the sixth inning and will resume this afternoon at 2:05 p.m. ET. The outage consisted of a bank of lights along the third base..." July 18

  • Max Scherzer Won't Pitch In All-Star Game

    Real GM Baseball "Nationals ace Max Scherzer will start in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles and therefore will not appear in the All-Star Game. " July 12

  • Nationals Max Scherzer throws no-hitter after hit-by-pitch spoils perfect game

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates in order. One remained, and pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was one strike away from becoming the final out of the first perfect game in Washington Nationals history Saturday. Tabata put up a fight. Scherzer threw an inside slider, but it didn’t break..." June 21

  • Sigh of relief: Max Scherzer throws bullpen, could start Friday

    Washington Post "Good news has come infrequently for the Nationals lately, but they got some before Tuesday’s game: Nationals starter Max Scherzer threw a bullpen session before Tuesday’s game against the Braves, and may be ready to start as soon as Friday. Scherzer normally throws a bullpen session two days..." April 29

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Max Scherzer (sprained right thumb) is getting information from a specialist, but #Nats optimistic he will miss no more than 1 start.

  • 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?

    CBS Sports "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

    ESPN "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

    ESPN "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.

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