Max Scherzer
Starting Pitcher
Drafted: Round 1 (#11 overall), 2006
Experience: 11.079 Years
College: Missouri
Contract: 7 yr(s) / $210,000,000 Signing Bonus $50,000,000 Average Salary$30,000,000 Free Agent:2022 / UFA
Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Salary
2015 Contract details by year 30 $10,000,000 $7,142,857 $175,000 $17,317,857
2016 Contract details by year 31 $15,000,000 $7,142,857 $100,000 $22,242,857
2017 Contract details by year 32 $15,000,000 $7,142,857 $100,000 $22,242,857
2018 Contract details by year 33 $15,000,000 $7,142,857 $100,000 $22,242,857
2019 Contract details by year 34 $30,262,705 $7,142,857 $100,000 $37,505,562
2020 Contract details by year 35 $28,777,759 $7,142,857 - $35,920,616
2021 Contract details by year 36 $27,360,623 $7,142,857 - $34,503,480
Contract Notes:
  • Signing Bonus: $50,000,000 
  • $105,000,000 deferred to July 1st in each of 2022-2028 ($15M year)
  • All Star: Gold Glove, Silver Slugger: $100,000
  • LCS MVP: $150,000
  • WS MVP: $250,000
  • MVP, Cy Young Award: $500,000 (2nd: $250,000, 3rd: $150,000, 4th: $100,000, 5th: $75,000)
  • After 2019, trade block ability kicks in
Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.
Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Other Bonus Total Cash
2006 Player Cash Earnings - $3,000,000 - $3,000,000
2007 Player Cash Earnings $950,000 - - $950,000
2008 Player Cash Earnings $950,000 - - $950,000
2009 Player Cash Earnings $1,450,000 - - $1,450,000
2010 Player Cash Earnings $950,000 - - $950,000
2011 Player Cash Earnings $600,000 - - $600,000
2012 Player Cash Earnings $3,750,000 - - $3,750,000
2013 Player Cash Earnings $6,725,000 - - $6,725,000
2014 Player Cash Earnings $15,525,000 - - $15,525,000
2015 Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 $5,000,000 - $15,175,000
2016 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,100,000
2017 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,100,000
2018 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,100,000
2019 Player Cash Earnings - $15,000,000 - $15,100,000
9 seasons $85,900,000 $23,000,000 - $109,475,000

Cap Hit

#2
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#1
Washington Nationals
#3
MLB

AAV

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#11
MLB

Cash

#26
Starting Pitcher
#72
MLB
  • Jan 19 2015

    Signed a 7 year $210 million contract with Washington (WAS)

  • Jan 17 2014

    Signed a 1 year $15.525 million contract with Detroit (DET)

  • Feb 4 2013

    Signed a 1 year $6.725 million contract with Detroit (DET)

  • Jan 17 2012

    Signed a 1 year $3.75 million contract with Detroit (DET)

  • Mar 9 2011

    Signed a 1 year $600k contract with Detroit (DET)

  • Dec 8 2009

    Traded to Detroit (DET) from Arizona (ARI) as part of a 3-team trade: New York (NYY) traded Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit (DET); Detroit (DET) traded Curtis Granderson to New York (NYY); Detroit (DET) traded Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy to Arizona (ARI); Arizona (ARI) traded Daniel Schlereth to Detroit (DET)

  • May 30 2007

    Signed a 4 year $4.3 million contract with Arizona (ARI)

  • Jun 6 2006

    Drafted by Arizona (ARI): Round 1 (#11 overall)

  • Jun 20 2003

    Signed a contract with Arizona (ARI)