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.
The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.