5 Things That Cost Less Than Max Scherzer
Well Tigers fans, Max Scherzer is gone.
Our favorite heterochromiac turned down the Tigers and their six-year, $144 million offer in favor of the Washington Nationals, who gave him a reported seven-year, $210 million deal.
That’s a lot of money. Just how much, though? Here’s a nifty list we put together to give you an idea of just how rich Max Scherzer just became.
Comerica Park’s New Scoreboards
The Tigers’ ballpark added a new scoreboard a couple years ago. Six times the size of the one it replaced, the new scoreboard is about 6,100 square feet and cost $10 million.
The Palace of Auburn Hills
The home of the Detroit Pistons, the Palace of Auburn Hills opened in 1988. It cost just $70 million to build, and it remains one of the better facilities in the NBA 25-plus years later.
U.S. Capitol Restoration
Scherzer’s new home will be Washington D.C., where the U.S. taxpayer is spending $50 million to restore the Capitol building.
29 MLB Team Payrolls
Scherzer’s new deal is for more money than what every MLB team except for the Los Angeles Dodgers spent on their rosters last season. The Dodgers spent $235 million in payroll in 2014.
In 2013, the Tigers made their ace one of the highest-paid players in all of baseball. Detroit signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million deal, complete with an eighth-year vesting option that would make the contract worth $203 million.