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  1. Final thoughts on the Scherzer signing

    Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    So, anything interesting happen while I was on vacation the last 10 days? The third week of January usually is pretty quiet, so I can’t imagine the Nationals made any real significant news. They certainly didn’t give out $210 million to a prominent free agent pitcher. Wait, what? OK, so yeah, looks like I picked…

  2. Scherzer talked to Fister, Thornton before joining Nats

    Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…

  3. VIDEO: Big decisions to make for Nats

    Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST

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    After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…

  4. Boras’ ‘internal rating’ says Nats have MLB’s best rotation

    Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EST

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    Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…

  5. Scherzer signing shows Nats’ continued growth

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Moments before Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park, as the Nats were getting ready to introduce former Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer – their biggest free agent catch as a franchise to date – left fielder Jayson Werth walked through the door of the media room with a blue velvet blazer on and took a seat…

  6. Familiarity gives Nats confidence in Scherzer investment

    Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EST

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    For Mike Rizzo, Matt Williams and Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ signing of the latter to a seven-year, $210 million free agent deal in many ways brought a relationship that developed years ago full circle. Rizzo was the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they evaluated and then drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick…

  7. VIDEO: Max Scherzer on SportsTalk Live

    Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

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    Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…

  8. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…

  9. VIDEO: Mike Rizzo talks Scherzer 1-on-1

    Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

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    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made one of the biggest decisions of his tenure in Washington in signing Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract. It’s a huge investment in a player he has a history with dating back to their days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson caught up with Rizzo…

  10. For Scherzer, choosing Nats was about ‘winning’

    Jan 21, 2015, 7:45 PM EST

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    One could look at the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer and say the 2013 Cy Young-winner had 210 million reasons to choose the Nats over the other teams who had shown interest this offseason. For Scherzer himself, however, he says it’s not entirely about the money he will earn over the next 14 years. The…

  11. How the ‘unreal’ Scherzer deal came together

    Jan 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST

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    If the Nationals signing top free agent Max Scherzer to a free agent contract – along with the final contract numbers – came as a surprise, well, you weren’t alone. A common theme at Wednesday’s introductory press conference at Nationals Park was the element of surprise: how the Nats were able to sign a player…

  12. Nats make it official: ‘Who wouldn’t want Max Scherzer?’

    Jan 21, 2015, 3:05 PM EST

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    On a day full of smiles and laughs, the Nationals unveiled their greatest free agent signing in franchise history. Pitcher Max Scherzer will make more than $200 million over the next decade, but money is not what made Scherzer decide on D.C., rather the chance at October baseball. “I think this team is capable of…

  13. Nats to introduce Scherzer today at 2 p.m. on CSN

    Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

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    The Washington Nationals will introduce their newest acquisition on Wednesday, as star pitcher Max Scherzer will meet with the media for the first time since signing a 7-year, $210 million deal. Comcast SportsNet will carry the press conference live at 2 p.m. and have coverage in both Geico SportsNet Central and a sitdown interview with…

  14. VIDEO: Does Scherzer make Nats WS favorites?

    Jan 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

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    In signing Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract, the Nationals appear to be going all in on competing for a World Series title in 2015. But does adding the right-hander make them favorites? I discussed that topic and more with Michael Jenkins on Geico SportsNet Central last night. We also looked at the history between…

  15. Looking at the biggest contracts for pitchers

    Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Though Max Scherzer’s contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats’ payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million. Not only is that the biggest contract ever handed out in Nationals history, it’s the second largest ever for a starting pitcher, both in total money and average annual…

  16. Pros and cons of Nats’ many trade options

    Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EST

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    While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…

  17. Scherzer’s deal to eclipse $200 million

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:31 PM EST

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    The Washington Nationals shocked everybody in signing Max Scherzer to a free agent contract late Sunday night, but that was before the financial details even came out. A new report from Fox Sports says the Nationals are set to pay Scherzer $210 million over a period of 14 years with half of the money deferred. He…

  18. Nats sign top free agent Max Scherzer

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EST

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    UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. The best starting rotation in Major League Baseball is about to get even better, as the Nationals have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with top free agent Max Scherzer. Sources familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement early Monday morning, though the exact dollar amount is unclear at this point.…

  19. Reports link Nats to Scherzer again

    Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EST

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    Just when it appeared the market for free agent pitcher Max Scherzer had died down, a new report on Sunday has both the Nationals and a mystery team in a bidding war for the former Cy Young winner. Here is what Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted to spark the rumor: max scherzer talking seriously…

  20. Who’s left? The best remaining MLB free agents

    Jan 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    The turn of the calendar to 2015 makes it a little bit easier for all of us to picture the beginning of spring training, even with the harsh winter setting in around Washington, D.C. There are now just six weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report in Viera for Nationals camp. As the season…

  21. MLB free agency begins tonight

    Nov 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EST

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    At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, MLB teams can begin making offers to free agents. In other words, the Hot Stove season is officially upon us. That means Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are free to look elsewhere. It also means the Nats can begin filling holes on their roster for the 2015 season.…

  22. What would Nats have to give up for an elite starter?

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:00 AM EST

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    It’s no secret Mike Rizzo would like to acquire another starting pitcher this winter, and it’s clear the Nationals general manager is willing (if not eager) to explore the trade market for such a pitcher. And there are two legitimately elite starters out there right now who could be dealt: David Price and Max Scherzer.…

  23. ALCS shifts to Boston for Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

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    ALCS GAME 6: DETROIT TIGERS AT BOSTON RED SOX Series: Red Sox lead 3-2 Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA Gametime: 4:30 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 63 degrees, wind 11 mph Starting pitchers: DET – Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90) / BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) One run was the difference in Game 5 and it left the Detroit…

  24. Red Sox, Tigers set for pivotal Game 5

    Oct 17, 2013, 3:22 PM EST

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    ALCS GAME 5: BOSTON RED SOX AT DETROIT TIGERS Series: Tied 2-2 Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 50 degrees, wind 13 mph Starting pitchers: BOS – Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75) / DET – Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57) After the Tigers’ offense exploded in a 7-3 win in Game 4, the guys that started this series…

  25. Scherzer, Buchholz face off in Game 2 of ALCS

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

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    ALCS GAME 2: DETROIT TIGERS AT BOSTON RED SOX   Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, wind 4 mph Starting pitchers: DET – Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90) / BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) Get the two highest scoring lineups in the majors together at Fenway and what happens? A 1-0…

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