The Houston Astros have been one of the best teams in baseball this year and the American League franchise is reportedly seeking a major boost at the trade deadline.
According to reports, the Astros are showing interest in a possible trade for Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer.
Scherzer is set to hit free agency following the 2021 season. He’s in the final year of a seven-year contract with the Nationals. Scherzer has been sensational for the Nationals throughout his tenure in D.C., leading the team to a World Series title in 2019.
The Nationals are currently six games back in the NL East, so it’s possible they could be sellers at the trade deadline. However, Scherzer has 10 & 5 rights (1o years of service team and 5 consecutive years with the same team), meaning he has to sign off on any trade. It seems unlikely that the veteran pitcher will agree to a trade out of Washington.
The Astros are showing interest in a trade for Max Scherzer, according to people familiar with the situation.
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) July 18, 2021
If Scherzer is willing to be traded, he would be a major coup for the Astros. The All-Star pitcher is 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 142 strikeouts in 105 innings this season.
The 2021 MLB trade deadline is a little more than a week away, set for July 30.