In the end, Scott Boras won again.
No surprise. The dude could probably flip Baltic and Mediterranean for Boardwalk and Park Place.
Boras, the mega-agent, set out this offseason to get Max Scherzer $200 million -- though you could barely make out his words with all the surrounding snickers.
But Boras delivered, getting Scherzer $210 million from the Nationals, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
That's $66 million more than the Tigers offered during spring training 2014.
Scherzer's deal with the Nationals is intriguing. It only pays him $105 million for the seven-year life of the contract, but then pays him another $105 million in deferred compensation, Rosenthal and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported.
Scherzer, 30, will receive $15 million a year through 2028; he's signed to pitch for Washington through 2021.
This clearly was Washington's plan to keep its payroll in check. The savings for the first seven years could allow them to keep some of their stars, including Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond, free agents after this season.
But deferred-compensation deals have a way of causing headaches down the road, not unlike high-interest credit cards that you only pay the minimum amount due on for a year.
The most famous deferred-compensation contract belonged to Bobby Bonilla, who got a five-year, $29-million deal in 1992. As part of a later agreement, he still gets paid more than a million bucks a year, through 2035. That's good work should you be able to get it, considering he hasn't playing in a major-league game since 2001.
Bonilla has been hailed as a genius for orchestrating such a payout, and Scherzer is a financial expert himself, so it's no surprise he's gone this route.
Scherzer, 30, made $15.25 million with the Tigers in 2014, and has decided, yeah, he can get by on that salary for another 14 years.
In the end, he signed one of the biggest contracts in the game's history, and the biggest for a pitcher who's already 30.