Max Scherzer close to signing with Nationals or one other team

Max Scherzer's destination could be known in the next couple days.

Rick Osentoski

It’s down to two teams for the jewel among free-agent pitchers.

Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer is close to signing with either the Washington Nationals or another club, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday.

Scherzer apparently will get a seven-year deal for about $180 million, Rosenthal says.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the advanced negotiations.

Should the Nats land Scherzer, they would trade starter Jordan Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66 ERA), FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi says, passing along information he heard from sources on Sunday night. And if Washington gets Scherzer but can’t work out a trade for Zimmermann, the Nats would be willing to deal former phenom Stephen Strasburg (14-11, 3.14), Morosi says.

Scherzer, the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner, has posted consecutive seasons of 21-3 and 18-15, with ERAs of 2.90 and 3.15.