District Daily: Scherzer makes Nationals clear favorites


Sep 25, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher

Max Scherzer

(37) pitches against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:

Rich getting richer: Scherzer makes Nats clear favorites

(Phil Rogers, MLB.com)

Here we go. The biggest free agent on the market, arguably the best pitcher in the game over the last 2 1/2 seasons, has agreed to a deal with the team that already has the best starting rotation in the Major Leagues.

Neither Max Scherzer nor the Nationals have been complete on their own. They are a marriage made from disappointing Octobers, and together assure that the Nats are the team to beat in 2015.

While Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo started the offseason saying he didn’t expect to make any major pitching acquisitions, Washington has seemed like one of the most likely destinations for Scherzer throughout a process that has lasted 10 weeks. It’s not so much about an immediate need as a long-term fit, as Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are eligible for free agency after this season and Stephen Strasburg is only under control for two more seasons. Read full article here.

More from District on Deck

The Nationals are in the mix for Max Scherzer. Here’s how they could make it work.

(Barry Svrluga, Washington Post)

The Washington Nationals have long seemed on the outside of the pursuit of right-hander Max Scherzer, who entered this offseason as the perceived prize of this free agent class and remains precisely that as January’s final weeks arrive. But a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday night that, indeed, Washington is in the mix, confirming an original report from CBSSports.com that the Nationals could be one of two teams that are perceived as finalists – the other is unnamed – and a deal, likely for seven years, is expected soon.

And whatever you think of the wisdom of such a move, it’s not crazy to think the Nationals could be right there, ready to shake up the landscape of the sport. Read full article here.