The MLB trade deadline is three days away, and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is one of the biggest names to watch as the week progresses.
Scherzer, who turns 37 years old today, is a free agent at the end of the season. The three-time Cy Young winner is the type of rental acquisition that can swing a pennant race.
As a result, any team that finds itself in contention should at least be open to dealing for Scherzer, assuming the Nationals move him. According to a new report, the veteran right-hander “strongly prefers the West Coast.”
Naturally, this should pique the interest of the three NL West powerhouses–the Dodgers, Giants and Padres. But the Tampa Bay Rays are also reportedly in on Scherzer, and there are several other franchises that would love to land the eight-time All-Star.
The MLB world is buzzing with Scherzer talk today as the countdown to the deadline rolls on.
It remains to be seen if Max Scherzer will be traded, but a source said the pitcher “strongly prefers the West Coast” to waive his no-trade clause. Given the state of the NL West, he could be the difference-maker in that race if he landed with the Dodgers, Giants or Padres.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 27, 2021
Nats probably can’t wait right until the deadline on Scherzer since teams will want to review medicals (even though triceps tweak is not seen as serious) and he has veto power. He’s said to prefer winner and West Coast.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 27, 2021
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 27, 2021
My jersey swap of Max Scherzer in the new New Era hat and Astros jersey. Make it happen Click! pic.twitter.com/WX0XOXqa4I
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) July 27, 2021
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) July 27, 2021
The goal for the Padres this week shouldn't be Gallo. It should be the guy that is also coveted by the two other teams in the division. The goal should be Max Scherzer. Get Max or die tryin.
— rich 😷 (@rich_roberts) July 27, 2021
Rays are reportedly interested in trading for Max Scherzer and Kris Bryant. Tampa has never acquired a former Cy Young or MVP in franchise history
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 27, 2021
Scherzer earned another All-Star Game invite this season and has been his usual effective self. The Nationals are likely to strip down their roster in the coming days as they prepare for a rebuild two years after winning the World Series.
We’ll see where Scherzer winds up when the dust settles.