Report: Money in last 3 years of Scherzer deal deferred
Max Scherzer’s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals became official on Wednesday, and a day later, more details emerged about the biggest deal ever awarded to a free-agent pitcher.
It had been reported previously that half of the money in the contract would be deferred until after the seven years is up, following the 2021 season. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported on Thursday that Scherzer will make $10 million this season, then $15 million per year from ’16-’18. For the final three years of the deal, his salary will jump to $35 million annually, except that all of that money will be deferred, without interest.
Scherzer, who won’t receive a no-trade clause, also gets a $50 million signing bonus, spread out over the course of the seven years. In addition, he will receive bonuses for various accomplishments, including $250,000 for a Cy Young, MVP or World Series MVP award.
— Andrew Simon