Details of Max Scherzer’s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals


The Nationals and right-hander Max Scherzer finalized a seven-year, $210 million contract yesterday. It has already been reported that half of the money in the contract will be deferred, which brings down the present-day value of the deal, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark has some interesting details in the year-to-year breakdown.

It goes like this:

2015: $10 million
2016: $15 million
2017: $15 million
2018: $15 million
2019: $35 million
2020: $35 million
2021: $35 million

While it looks like Scherzer will be making $35 million per season from 2019-2021, it’s not going to work out that way. Exhale, Nats fans. That total ($105 million) is being deferred without interest, reportedly through 2028. Meanwhile, he’ll receive the remaining $50 million in the form of a signing bonus over the life of the contract. That’s some pretty nifty bookkeeping for all involved and it could allow the Nationals to have some extra wiggle room with their budget. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote earlier this week that the Nationals are expected to be charged for the present-day value of the contract for luxury tax purposes, which will likely work out to around $26-27 million per season as opposed to $30 million.

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.