The Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is always looking to improve his team, even if it comes at a steep price.
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, there is an increasing sense that starting pitcher Max Scherzer could end up in Washington. It is unclear if a deal is close or not.
Sources: Increasing sense throughout league that Max Scherzer will end up with #Nationals. Unclear if deal is close.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 18, 2015
Jon Heyman reports that the two sides are working a seven-year deal. Scherzer is represented by Scott Boras who is one of the best in the business in getting his clients paid. If he could some how convince Washington to sign his client to a massive $200 million contract, Scherzer would definitely head back over to the National League. The 30-year-old spent the first two years of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks before getting traded to the Detroit Tigers, where he has been extremely successful and won the Cy Young Award in 2013.
Now if Washington is able to snatch Scherzer off the market, what does that mean for ace Jordan Zimmermann? Well it could mean a few things. One, Rizzo is trying to make one of the best rotations in baseball and adding Scherzer to the mix would create one of the best one-two punches in the league. That being said, that would mean Zimmermann would have to want to stay in Washington and work out a long-term contract. It could also mean that Scherzer would replace Zimmermann at the end of the season. Zimmermann is set to become a free agent at the end of year and could cash in big like Jon Lester did this year and just like Scherzer, who declined a contract from Detroit and is expected to make more than offered.
The one thing that could more than likely happen then those two scenarios is Washington trading Zimmermann. The 28-year-old is set to make $7.5 million this year and the Nationals could try to get it off the books. Also, trading their ace would mean they are confident that they would get a pretty hefty return because, if you remember, Rizzo said that the only way the team would trade a star caliber player, for example Ian Desmond, they would need a very nice return. Getting a second baseman or even prospects wouldn’t hurt the team at all if they are able to sign Scherzer.
Washington is in a very interesting spot as of now. Lets just see what they do with what they have and what they need.