Max Scherzer will become the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in the major leagues after agreeing to a $210-million, seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals that includes a record $50-million signing bonus, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced.
Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner for the Detroit Tigers, will receive the money over 14 years, which will lower its present-day value. The 30-year-old right-hander's contract is the second-largest for a pitcher, behind only Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw's $215 million, seven-year deal that runs from 2014-20.
The previous high for a right-hander was the $180-million, seven-year agreement from 2013-19 signed by Justin Verlander, another Cy Young Award winner for the Tigers.
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