District Daily: Max Scherzer talks joining Nationals, leaving Tigers

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Oct 2, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher

Max Scherzer

(37) pitches in game one of the 2014 American League divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Nats’ starter Max Scherzer talks joining Nationals, leaving Tigers

(Patrick Reddington, Federal Baseball)

Max Scherzer and the rest of the Washington Nationals‘ pitchers and catchers are set to report to Viera, Florida’s Space Coast Stadium in just twelve days.

The 30-year-old righty, who signed a 7-year/$210M free agent deal with the Nats after five seasons with the Detroit Tigers over which he was (82-35) in 161 starts with a 3.52 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 2.71 BB/9 and 9.60 K/9, talked to Matt Shepard of 1130 WDFN the FAN in Detroit this week about his time with the Tigers and his decision to sign on to pitch for the defending NL East Champs.

In his introductory press conference in D.C., the former Cy Young Award-winning starter admitted he was actually shocked by the final deal he was able to get from Washington. Read full article here.

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Washington Nationals 2015 roster preview: Doug Fister

(Chase Hughes, CSN Washington)

Age on Opening Day 2015: 31

How acquired: Trade, Dec. 2013

2015 salary: $11.4 million

2014 stats: 25 GS, 164 IP, 153 H, 52 R, 44 ER, 18 HR, 24 BB, 98 K, 1.079 WHIP, 16-6, 2.41 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 1.3 WAR

2015 storyline: Doug Fister enters 2015 – his second season with the Nationals – in the final year of his contract. It will be a huge year personally for the right-hander, as he could set himself up for a lucrative long-term deal next winter.

Fister was so good and so consistent in 2014 that the Nationals would love more of the same from him. He was the rock of their rotation and on several occasions played the role of stopper. He also beat Madison Bumgarner in their only win of the NL Division Series. Read full article here.

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