Max Scherzer Newsbeat
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
The policy, Scherzer said, would have provided him with $40 million tax-free if he suffered any type of injury that prevented him from receiving an offer below the Tigers’ original $144 million proposal. Scherzer was covered if he injured his shoulder. He was covered if he required Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He was covered for every possible injury under a policy that he said cost him $750,000.
“Don’t get me wrong. I know finance. I know deferral money. I get all that. But this was the best offer. If another team wanted to make a better offer without a deferment, we never received it. This was the best offer.”
Friday, February 27, 2015
Rick Porcello talks about what he learned from the other starters in Detroit.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Great trade, who’d we get?
BEST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Russell Martin (Blue Jays)—11
James Shields (Padres)—11
Jon Lester (Cubs)—8
Adam LaRoche (White Sox)—7
Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox)—6
Andrew Miller (Yankees)—5
The votes in this sector of the survey zigzagged in all directions, with 33 different players collecting at least one vote—including two Cubans (Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera) who haven’t even signed yet. Oh, and one fellow who isn’t a player at all—Joe Maddon—got two votes. So what pushed Martin and Shields to the top of this list? Well, there weren’t a lot of fans of Martin’s five-year, $82-million contract, per se. But “he impacts winning,” one voter said. Shields’ votes were reflections of both his contract (because the Padres were able to keep it to four years) and the way he fits both his new ballpark and the aggressive winter of his new club. They “had to sign him,” an AL exec said, “to finish off the project.”
WORST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Max Scherzer (Nationals)—15
Brett Anderson (Dodgers)—10
Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox)—9
Michael Cuddyer (Mets)—8
Nick Markakis (Braves)—6
Billy Butler (A’s)—5
Brandon McCarthy (Dodgers)—5
When we asked one NL executive for his selections in the best free-agent competition, his instant quip was: “That’s an oxymoron.” No wonder the votes piled up for all sorts of candidates on this side of the poll. We counted 14 free agents who got at least three votes for worst signing and another nine who got two votes. But the most fun fact of all is 17 different players got votes in both the worst-signing and best-signing categories. The reason for that isn’t actually confusing. We’d sum it up this way: Love the player, hate the contract. There’s no better example of that than Scherzer. “It’s ridiculous that they’ll be paying him forever,” one voter said. “But he’s a great pitcher.”
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I wonder what Bobby Bonilla thinks.
The contract is for seven-years and $210 million. But as Buster notes, a huge amount of deferred money in involved. It stretches over the next 14 years and includes a $50 million signing bonus. For luxury tax purposes the contract is considered to be a $191.4 million deal based on present value, with an annual salary for such purposes determined to be $28.69 million.
Why this bugs other teams is a mystery. In response to other folks on Twitter, Olney cites executives displeasure with the $210 million figure now being the standard for an elite pitcher. I presume they also now worry that the expectation from agents will be that future deals for other pitchers include all of that deferred dough.
Which seems kind of unimportant. A $191 million deal or a $210 deal? Eh.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
I call bullshit.
“It’s pretty easy. It’s one (reason). Winning,” he said. “This team is capable of winning, and winning a lot, when you look at the near-term and long-term. This is an organization you want to be a part of.”
Scott Boras amazes me. How any team would give Max Scherzer a contract of this length shocks me. As Stark notes, the track record for such contracts is terrible.
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 21 comment(s)
Monday, January 19, 2015
Jon Heyman says it’s a done deal.
op right-handed starter Max Scherzer and the Nationals are in agreement on a seven-year deal, CBSSports.com has learned.
Details of the deal beyond the seven years are not known.
Jeff Sullivan looks into the crystal ball to see Max Scherzer’s possible future. (Keep in mind that 2 of the 10 comps he used didn’t do particularly well.)
Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are the favorite to land Scherzer and are “very close” to a deal.
A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the Nationals won’t have the financial flexibility to sign Scherzer unless they have a trade in place to move starter Jordan Zimmermann and possibly shortstop Ian Desmond. As of Saturday, Stark reports, the Nationals did not have trades in place for either Zimmermann or Desmond.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).
Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
rules of play
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Are the Cardinals really involved in all of this?
Monday, December 29, 2014
Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?
9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.
Posted: December 29, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 32 comment(s)
As a Red Sox fan, I’d love to see the Yankees get Scherzer. In the short run it will help them but in the long run the odds are they will end up with another Sabathia-type contract.
Regardless of what you’ve heard so far this offseason, and however much the teams downplay their needs to the media, the fact remains: 2014 was the first season in more than two decades during which both the Red Sox and Yankees missed the playoffs. They’re due for an old-fashioned bidding war with Boras in the middle, recalling the days of Johnny Damon and Teixeira—whom the Red Sox believed they were close to signing at one point in that winter of 2008-09.
But then the Yankees outflanked their ancient adversary, with general manager Brian Cashman telling reporters the Teixeira signing was a “deviation from our plan” because of a “rare, exceptional opportunity.” For the record, Cashman was right about that: Teixeira hit a walk-off home run in the very next postseason, and the Yankees went on to win the World Series.
A half-dozen years later, it’s worth remembering what Red Sox owner John Henry told The Associated Press after Teixeira signed with his archrival: “There was no mention of the Yankees, but we felt all along that they were going to get the last call. That’s what you deal with in working with Scott.”
Posted: December 29, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
Friday, December 19, 2014
Where will Scherzer end up?
“The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,’’ Levine told reporters at a midtown news conference to announce a broadcast deal between the YES Network and the New York Football Club. “At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.’‘
“He’s a great pitcher,” the source said of Scherzer, “but not even the Yankees can have three $25 [million] to $30 million pitchers on the payroll. You just can’t.”
Posted: December 19, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 78 comment(s)
Friday, December 12, 2014
I truly hope the Yankees sign Scherzer for 7/$200.
So with Jon Lester officially off the market, what’s the solution for the Yankees? It has to be Max Scherzer. He’s the one huge starter remaining on the market, given that the rest is populated by the likes of the older James Shields and other mediocre pitchers. It would be a challenge to feel that confident in a Yankees rotation featuring those other players, unless there’s a trade in the works (which can’t be ruled out). It changes entirely with Scherzer at the top.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
If you don’t have a lead dog, just invent one.
Scott Boras describes Max Scherzer as a guy that “fits” into a classic Yankees championship rotation.
Monday, December 08, 2014
If pitcher arms are really like autos, I’m assuming Boras will offer Scherzer along with a 1000 innings pitched warranty.
Boras has told me once the trade market fully clarifies, Scherzer will be pursued robustly based on the comparative lack of wear and tear on the righty’s special arm. So it is near certain Scherzer will not sign during the Winter Meetings.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Despite recent buzz that the Bombers are considering a run at Max Scherzer, sources said the Yankees have not abandoned their plan to stay away from the top batch of free agents, looking instead at mid-level starting pitchers to bolster their rotation while continuing their search for a shortstop and third baseman.
The Daily News reported earlier this month that the Yankees did not plan to be players for the top free agents, and three weeks into the process, not much has changed.
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I bet Boras is the one pushing this report.
The Yankees and Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, are said to have had a brief contact sometime since returning from the GM meetings, and word is the Yankees may “revisit” their inclination not to make any big expenditures this winter.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Unless another team goes nuts with an offer for Lester, he will end up back in Boston. Of course, it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that someone will.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it.
According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the market this winter. Shields, the third-best free-agent starter, is also off the Bombers’ radar, as is Sandoval, the Giants’ postseason hero who was given a $15.3 million qualifying offer by San Francisco before Monday’s deadline.
Instead, the Yankees are interested in bringing back two of their own, free agents Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley, neither of whom was eligible to receive a qualifying offer after being traded to the Bronx this past July. A source said the Yankees would engage the pair aggressively in an attempt to lock them up.
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