The Washington Nationals—already a good team on paper heading into the season—have signed starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year contract, according to Jon Heyman. The dollars involved in the deal are not known at this time.
With that, the Mets' rivals have one hell of a rotation, as Scherzer joins Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez. Of course, Washington might trade one of those pitchers, most likely Zimmermann or Strasburg according to the most recent rumors. Still, their starting pitching should continue to be a major strength in the short-term future.
Once traded from the Diamondbacks to the Tigers in the three-team deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and Ian Kennedy to Arizona, Scherzer has been excellent over the past couple of seasons, striking out more than ten batters per nine and walking fewer than three opposing hitters per nine in each season. He had a 2.90 ERA in 2013 and a 3.15 ERA in 2014, and his overall peripherals back it all up. If the Mets had the ability to spend money, Scherzer or James Shields would have made sense for them, too, but clearly that is not the case.