Max Scherzer will be paid a salary of $35 million per year in each of the final three seasons of his contract with the Washington Nationals -- except all $35 million will be deferred without interest, according to a source familiar with the contract.
The contract calls for Scherzer's salary to be $10 million in 2015 and $15 million in each of the next three seasons. It then jumps to $35 million a year in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the seasons in which his deferrals kick in. In addition, Scherzer's $50 million signing bonus will be spread out over the life of the contract.
Sources have previously indicated that the $105 million in deferred money will be paid out through 2028.
The only other bonuses in the deal are award bonuses. He would receive $250,000 for winning a Cy Young, MVP or World Series MVP award, $150,000 if he's the MVP of the League Championship Series and $100,000 if he makes the All-Star team, wins a Gold Glove or wins a Silver Slugger.
The contract does not contain a no-trade clause.