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Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer smiles during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Washington. Scherzer signed a $210 million, seven- year contract to join the Nationals. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Max Scherzer, a pitcher who is from St. Louis, just had his deal finalized with the Washington Nationals for 7-years, $210 million. Scherzer had many possible destinations including his hometown Cardinals as he was a free agent for a long period of time, and many people suspected it would come down to Scherzer going to the Yankees or the Cardinals.

Scherzer perviously played with the Detroit Tigers and had a record of 21-3 in his Cy Young campaign in 2013. In 2014, he won 18 games and lost 5. Scherzer is also a 2-time All-Star.

Scherzer is a native of St. Louis who was born on July 27, 1984. Scherzer is 30 years old and he graduated from Parkway Central in Chesterfield. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and Scherzer was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2006 Draft. He played with the D-backs from 2008-2009 before heading to Detroit.

My reaction to him signing with the Nationals is kind of surprising, but also isn’t that surprising at all. It’s surprising because he was born in St Louis, and probably grew up a Cardinals fan. It isn’t surprising because the Cardinals aren’t the richest team in baseball and the Cardinals already have a stable pitching rotation.

People never know when the surprise team will come in and sign a player. A good example is when the Anaheim Angels signed Albert Pujols. But the bottom line is that you never know where baseball players will end up.

 

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