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Jan 19, 2015 1:35 AM

Reports say Max Scherzer, Nationals agree to 7-year contract

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Various reports say 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

Neither the Nationals nor Scherzer's agent immediately responded to requests for comment Sunday night.

Scherzer, a 30-year-old right-hander, is a free agent after spending the past five seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid him $144 million from 2015-20.

He was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 2014, a year after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and being voted the best pitcher in the American League.

The NL East champion Nationals' starting rotation already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister Scherzer's former teammate with the Tigers Gio Gonzalez, and Tanner Roark.


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