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Nationals reportedly sign Max Scherzer to 7-year deal

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According to multiple reports tonight, the Washington Nationals have signed free agent right-hander Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal, adding the 30-year-old starter to what is already one of the best starting rotations in baseball.

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When Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo spoke to reporters after acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Oakland A's last week, filling the Nats' hole at second base, he said that though they found the infielder they were after all winter, the defending NL East Champs weren't necessarily done.

"'We’re not ruling out adding any more personnel via trades or via free agents or minor-league free agents,'" Rizzo said, as quoted by NatsInsider.com's Chase Hughes.

"'We’re still a month away from the start of spring training and, believe me, we’re not taking any vacations or anything like that.'"

But Max Scherzer? The rumors started late this afternoon and an hour or so back it was said to be "close" but not happening tonight. So much for that.

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman was the first to confirm that the Nationals and Scherzer had a deal:

Washington Post writer Barry Svrluga too confirmed the surprising addition to what was already one of if not the best rotations in baseball:

Scherzer, as reported everywhere last March, turned down what was said to be a 6-year/$144M offer from the Detroit Tigers he pitched for from 2010-2015. The 30-year-old right-hander was coming off a solid +5.6 fWAR season which saw him go (18-5) in 33 starts with a 3.15 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 63 walks (2.57 BB/9) and 252 Ks (10.29 K/9) in 220 ⅓ IP.

The veteran righty who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks while Rizzo was the scouting director with the D-Backs will now join the GM in the nation's capital.

More info when it's available.

But as of tonight, Max Scherzer is a Washington National and Rizzo has once again shocked the baseball world.