Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is a pending free agent, and with his pedigree, would command a major haul on the trade market.
As the Nationals have hovered around the NL East race, the team has not given any indications it will deal Scherzer. However, MLB insider Jon Heyman says it is indeed “quite possible” that the three-time Cy Young winner could be moved before Friday’s deadline.
Right now, the Nationals are 45-51 and seven games back in the East. According to Heyman, the organization is weighing buying and selling, presumably based off how the next few games go.
If Scherzer does go up for sale, he could potentially swing a pennant race depending on who acquires him. Of course, Scherzer also has a no-trade clause, and his agent Scott Boras has said in the past that any team trading for Scherzer would have to be willing to offer him a contract extension.
These particulars could complicate things in trade discussions.
Max Scherzer* is being discussed in potential trades, and while the Nats (famous for ‘19 WS comeback win) are investigating both buy/sell scenarios, they are 7 games back and a Scherzer trade suddenly seems quite possible. He alone would transform thin SP market. *has veto rights
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 24, 2021
Scherzer has pitched like his usual self this year, posting a 7-4 record with a 2.83 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 18 starts.
He is scheduled to start against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards this evening.
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