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Gerrit Cole could be the Phillies’ Max Scherzer if they are willing to spend

Experts all agreed that the Nationals could be the biggest threat to the Dodgers if they made the playoffs. The experts were right. The Nationals pitching rotation powered them to their first World Series.

Max Scherzer headlines that group of starters. Without Scherzer, the Nationals would most likely not be in this position. No matter how the Nationals have performed as a whole, Max Scherzer has always been a successful constant.

The Nationals were right to make him the highest-paid player in franchise history when they signed him to a 7-year $210 million contract in the 2014 offseason.