The final stretch of the MLB trading deadline as contenders decide whether it’s time to go all-in in an effort to win it all. On the other hand, sellers will be scouting for prospects that are both highly regarded and under the radar. There will certainly be some big names being moved around as we head into Friday.
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Max Scherzer to Dodgers | A Done Deal
Ever since the Washington Nationals were going to be sellers for this deadline, all contenders who needed an ace inquired about Max Scherzer. However, there were a few hurdles for a few teams that were interested as the ace would have to waive his no-trade clause.
Mad Max also expressed his interest in playing out West. It pretty much meant the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres were most likely the only suitors to have the best chances to land the ace. Earlier reports stated that Scherzer was set to join the Padres, but ultimately will be joining the division rival Dodgers.
Scherzer will fit in easily with the Dodgers’ winning culture as Max has three Cy Youngs, a World Series ring, eight All-Star selections, and has started four of them. Both teams have agreed on the players involved with pending medical reviews.
In terms of long-term expensive investments, giving a top pitcher 30+ million dollars a season wasn’t seen as a very good investment a few years ago as a lot of position players did not turn out either. The future Hall of Famer ace entered today’s start with a 2.80 ERA across 1,223 innings pitched.
Scherzer has struck out 34.3 percent of his batters and only gave up a few walks; 6.5 percent of the batters he faced. He also rarely gives up the long ball as, during his nats tenure, he posted a 1.46 HR/9. The Nats definitely got a great return on their investment as he was a big part of their success and ultimately capturing a World Series title back in 2019.
His teammate Trea Turner who made his first All-Star appearance will be joining him. Turner is controllable next season via arbitration. Turner’s value is being able to play shortstop and Corey Seager is one of the league’s best stars.
Since the beginning of the 2020 campaign, he is hitting a slash line of .327/.378/.546 with 30 home runs and 33 stolen bases. Turner’s other secondary positions are centerfield and second base.
BREAKING: MAX IS GOING TO LA
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The Nationals got a nice haul of prospects for the two stars. Catching prospect Keibert Ruiz, #41, and starter Josiah Gray #42 who are ranked in the top 100. Outfielder Donovan Casey and starter Gerardo Carrillo are also in the deal. Carrillo was the 17th ranked prospect in the Dodgers farm system.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE THURSDAY & FRIDAY
The Chicago Cubs traded right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera to the cross-rivals, Chicago White Sox for prospect Bailey Horn.
The White Sox acquired second baseman, Caesar Hernandez, from rival Cleveland Indians for minor leaguer Konnor Pilkington.
The Washington Nationals sent reliever Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Riley Adams.
New York Mets make J.D. Davis available as the team looks to hang on to first place in the NL East.
The Atlanta Braves released Ender Incirarte who was involved in the Shelby Miller blockbuster trade a few years ago with the Arizona Diamondbacks
The New York Yankees have discussed involving Luke Voit in possible trades.
The Minnesota Twins are willing to deal starter Jose Berrios as many teams are interested.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting calls regarding hard-throwing reliever Brusdar Graterol.
Update: Dodgers acquire Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later. Duffy will waive his full no-trade clause.
New York Yankees are on the verge of landing Anthony Rizzo for prospects Alexander
Vizcaino and Kevin Alcantara heading to the Chicago Cubs.
The Seattle Mariners get reliever Diego Castillo from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kyle Schwarber of the Nationals is heading to the Boston Red Sox for pitching prospect Aldo Ramirez.
Padres land Nationals reliever, Daniel Hudson.