Financial details of the contract are not yet clear, but the Nationals now appear to have a powerhouse rotation.

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Bill Baer uses defense-independent statistics to highlight starting pitchers who are likely to regress in 2015.

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Scherzer will get $15 million a year for the next 14 years, deferring half the money until after the contract expires.

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Despite a series of high impact moves this offseason, Chicago White general manager Rick Hahn isn’t ready to set his opening day roster just yet. On Wednesday, he was back to work, signing free agent second baseman Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $2 million deal. The somewhat surprising signing comes less than six months after Hahn traded Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels in a post deadline trade. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Dayan Viciedo has been designated for assignment. That decision comes two weeks after Viciedo avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.4 million deal. Indeed, that’s some notable maneuvering. In re-signing Beckham, the White Sox at least know what they’re getting, which makes him a more comfortable addition than similar free agents still available. Chicago drafted Beckham eighth overall in the 2008 amateur draft and oversaw a relatively quick development. Beckham debuted in the big leagues one year later and spent his first five plus seasons on Chicago’s big league roster, hitting .245/.307/.375 in 765 games. Obviously, those numbers didn’t live up to the lofty expectations attached to a top 10 pick, but that’s not the concern at this point. Hahn needs an infielder who can play multiple positions and be competent against left-handed pitching, and those are roles he feels Beckham can fill. In his early career, Beckham has logged time at second base, third base and even shortstop, so that’s a definite plus. Against left-handers, he’s hitting .244/.314/.373 across the board. Not quite as encouraging, but consistent with his overall numbers. It’s just who Beckham is at the plate, and that’s fine for an extra infielder. As for Beckham’s obviously more optimistic take. Beckham on being a utility player: “That’s kind of a loaded question, and I don’t view myself like that and… — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) January 28, 2015 More Beckham: “… I don’t think the White Sox do either. I think they think I’m a good player, a winning player that can help them win.” — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) January 28, 2015 We’ll see. For now, it’s expected that Beckham will split time between second and third base initially, with the possibility to expand his role if Emilio Bonifacio or Conor Gillaspie struggle in more regular roles. As for Viciedo, the soon-to-be 26-year-old outfielder has been on the trade block all winter, even before Chicago added Melky Cabrera in free agency. So far, Hahn has been unable to gain traction on a deal, but there’s an increased sense it could happen now that he’s been designated. Fox Sports Paul Morosi sees the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners as potential fits, but it’s possible both will wait to see if Viciedo is outright released. If the White Sox do release Viciedo, they’ll only be on the hook for one-sixth of his salary, which amounts to $733K. A team could also claim the entirety of Viciedo’s $4.4MM salary on waivers, but that seems unlikely with Viciedo coming off a disappointing .231/.281/.405 line in 2014. Given his downside defensively, he’s likely viewed as more of a low-risk, high-reward target who can provide some pop off the bench or as a part-time designated hitter. Sometimes that’s a risk well worth taking though. Just look at the difference-making success J.D. Martinez found with the Detroit Tigers last season, More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Coveted free agent pitcher Max Scherzer is reportedly set for a move to Washington after agreeing a seven-year contract with the Nationals. Last March Scherzer turned down a $160 million deal that would have extended his tenure with the Detroit Tigers. Over his career, Scherzer has posted a 91-50 record and a 3.58 earned run average (ERA) in 207 games (198 starts). The 30-year-old right-hander broke into the major leagues in 2008 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and also played for them in 2009 before being dealt to Detroit.

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Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Ryan Boyer identifies some players to avoid in the American League Central, including Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Jeff Samardzija and more.

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(Reuters) – Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette has died of leukemia at the age of 78, the Boston Red Sox said on their website. Monbouquette pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1958-65. He threw a no-hitter in 1962 and is ranked 10th in franchise strikeouts with 969. The right-hander, who later played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1968, had a career 114-112 win-loss record and a 3.68 ERA. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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DETROIT (AP) — Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,725,000.

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