Breaking Down Max Scherzer's 7-Year, $210M Deal

Breaking Down Max Scherzer's 7-Year, $210M Deal
Instead of getting money for seven years, Max Scherzer will instead be cashing checks from the Nationals until he's 44 years old.

It's not exactly the math you were taught in high school — $210 million for seven years of work does not translate to $30 million a year for new Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer. It will instead be about half that. 

That's because Scherzer will be cashing checks for the next 14 years — until he's 44 years old and possibly not playing for the Nats anymore. 

It's a unique deal that's gaining plenty of attention for how it's structured. 

Basically, after factoring in Scherzer's $50 million signing bonus, the right-hander will earn about $15 million a year over 14 years. 

Factor in Major League Baseball's luxury tax, federal income tax, inflation and more and you've got a lot of moving numbers. 

SB Nation breaks it down into a mathematical equation. Simply put, the outlet writes it's similar to getting $180 million over seven years with no deferred money.

Considering some loopholes, Yahoo says Scherzer could avoid forking over about $20 million — thanks to his Washington, D.C., earnings not being subject to state income tax.

Scherzer's unique deal is gaining attention for other reasons, too — player comparisons. Namely, comparisons to current Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and long-retired third baseman Bobby Bonilla. 

The Los Angeles Times writes 26-year-old Kershaw's deal last year, $215 million for seven years, is looking pretty good right now. "Would you rather spend $220 million on a player who turns 27 in March or one who turns 31 in July?" 

Other outlets, though, highlighted one of the most infamous deferred-money contracts in the game's history — Bonilla's. Bonilla hasn't played in the majors since 2001 but is still cashing annual checks for more than $1 million from the New York Mets after a 1992 contract and later buyout agreement. He'll be cashing those checks through 2035.

Last year, Scherzer's former team, the Detroit Tigers, offered him $144 million over six years, which he rejected

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