Free agent starter Max Scherzer is in discussions with the Nationals and at least one other team about a seven-year contract, per a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports verifies the report, adding that there’s growing confidence among Nationals officials that they’ll land Scherzer and that a deal is “close”.
Should they succeed in signing Scherzer, the Nationals could then trade starter Jordan Zimmermann, per Jon Morosi. Stephen Strasburg is another trade candidate, though Zimmermann is the most likely to be moved.
Scherzer, 30, won the American League Cy Young award in 2013, leading the league in wins with 21 while posting a 2.90 ERA and a 240/56 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. This past season, he was nearly as good, leading the league with 18 wins with a 3.15 ERA and a 252/63 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings.