Update #2 (12:43 AM ET): Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for more than $180 million.
Update (12:20 AM ET): William Ladson of MLB.com confirms the deal.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Nationals have a seven-year in place with starter Max Scherzer. The amount of the deal is not yet known, though it’s likely to be north of the $144 million, six-year offer (and the $24 million average annual value) he rejected from the Tigers in the spring. It was reported earlier that the Nationals were one of two teams in talks with the right-hander.
With Scherzer in the mix, the Nationals may explore trading either Jordan Zimmermann or Stephen Strasburg according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Scherzer, 30, has been one of baseball’s best starters over the past two seasons, owning a 39-8 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 492/119 K/BB ratio over 434 2/3 innings. He led the league in wins and made the American League All-Star team in both years and earned the 2013 AL Cy Young award.
As MLB Pipeline points out on Twitter, the Nationals are forfeiting pick #27 in the 2015 draft with the signing of Scherzer. The Tigers gain pick #35.
Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.
It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.
All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.
All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.
UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: