Max Scherzer is not only leaving the Detroit Tigers. He’s leaving the division and the American League.
The Washington Post reported that Scherzer, the former AL Cy Young Award winner, agreed to a seven-year deal with the Washington Nationals.
Terms of the deal were not announced.
Scherzer, the former Missouri star, turned down more than the $160 million from the Tigers in the spring.
Last season, Scherzer was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 220 1/3 innings. In 2013, he went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and won the Cy Young Award.
Washington’s projected rotation would be arguably the best in baseaball: Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.
At various points over the past two months, the teams with baseball’s highest payrolls — the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox — have denied they would pursue Scherzer, according to the Washington Post.
Tigers president Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit Free Press on Sunday that the team wasn’t actively pursuing Scherzer. He turned down a seven-year, $160-million offer last year from the Tigers.
“Obviously, I think Max is one of the best pitchers in the game, and we will miss him,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told The Detroit News. “I will miss him taking the mound every five days, and miss him and his great sense of humor in the clubhouse. I wish him the best.”