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Max Scherzer
Birthdate: 7/27/1984 (32 y, 7 m, 24 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 11, Overall: 11, Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Contract: $210M / 7 Years (2015 - 2021)
RotoWire News: Scherzer, who threw 73 pitches over 4.2 innings in his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, threw with his normal grip and says the finger issue is completely behind him, MLB.com's Jamal Collier reports. (3/22/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Want to hear an interesting juxtaposition? Of course you do! Scherzer was a slightly better pitcher in 2015 than he was in 2016. After that 2015 campaign, he garnered a fifth-place finish for the Cy Young award and received zero first place votes. Last year, he was a nearly unanimous choice to win the award. While it certainly helped that he went from 14 to 20 wins, he won because the competition was softer in 2016. What does this mean for Scherzer in 2017? Well, nothing. It's just something to remark upon. When the ace righty runs into trouble, it's because he's slightly homer-prone. He's become a fly ball pitcher. The best of those usually limit home runs per fly ball and induce a lot of infield flies. Scherzer has the pops, but he can't quite keep the ball in the yard. His 1.14 home runs per nine since joining the Nationals is slightly below league average. It's the only real blemish in an otherwise pristine profile. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: Scherzer is entering the third season of his massive contract with the Nationals. So far, he's been paid $30 million of the $210 million he's owed. Per our estimates, he's "earned" a shade under $100 million in his two seasons.

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