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Max Scherzer may be close to mega deal with Washington Nationals

Contract likely worth more than the Tigers' six-year, $144M offer from last March

Max Scherzer started the 2013 All-Star game for the AL and threw a perfect first inning, striking out one.
Max Scherzer started the 2013 All-Star game for the AL and threw a perfect first inning, striking out one. (AP Photo)

Max Scherzer appears to taking his talents to the nation's capital.

Scherzer has been offered a "big" deal by the Washington Nationals and could sign a free-agent deal as soon as Monday, a source close to the situation told ClickOnDetroit.com on Sunday.

The length and terms of the deal weren't immediately available, but believed to be worth more than the six-year, $144-million pact the Tigers offered during last spring training.

And there is no mystery team as being widely reported by other media outlets.There's one deal on the table for Mad Max—to join the Nationals' rotation, where he would reunite with former Tigers starter Doug Fister.

Scherzer's days in Detroit look done

Scherzer, 30, has pitched the last five seasons with the Tigers. Last season, the right-hander was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA.

In 2013, Scherzer was named the American League Cy Young when he went 21-3 with a stingy 2.90 ERA.

This news should come as no big surprise to Tigers fans. Back in March, Scherzer reportedly turned down that six-year contract extension by the Tigers.

Scherzer was not happy that a Tigers' official leaked the money offered in the deal to the media.

He also felt he was worth more, especially since other pitchers got similar deals two years earlier. The Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels received the same exact deal in 2012.

It was clear that Tigers had all but given up hope of re-signing Scherzer when they went out and picked up former Cy Young David Price at the trade deadline this past season.

At the time, it appeared as if Price would replace Scherzer in the rotation once he was gone.

Scherzer always said he liked Detroit and wanted to stay. But he wanted to be paid like the team's ace and Tigers would have had to pay Scherzer more that Justin Verlander.

The Tigers passed. A few weeks ago, Tigers' president Dave Dombrowski said that they were out on Scherzer sweepstakes.

Scherzer's now on the verge of bolting.