Leading up to the MLB Trade Deadline, there have been talks about the Washington Nationals selling at the trade deadline. With just a day before the Trade Deadline, Washington got a deal done. According to Jeff Passan, on Thursday, Washington traded Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Donovan Casey, and Gerardo Carrillo. Scherzer is on the last year of his contract and is a free agent this upcoming off-season.
In 9 games this season, Scherzer has an 8-5 record, 2.76 ERA, and 147 strikeouts. After a shortened season in 2020, and having his worst ERA since 2011, Scherzer has bounced back in 2021. Despite Washington being 4th in the NL East, Scherzer has been one of the lone bright spots for Washington pitching-wise.
In 93 games played, Turner has 18 Homeruns, 49 RBI’s, and a batting average of .332. Turner has been one of the few bright spots for Washington offensively this season along with Juan Soto, Kyle Schwarber, Ryan Zimmerman, and Josh Bell.
With Los Angeles acquiring Max Scherzer and Trae Turner, the team is going all-in trading talented prospects in hopes of winning the World Series for the second year in a row. The team is currently in the first Wild Card spot in the National League. Scherzer and Turner should help improve the starting rotation and the outfield in a big way.
With Washington being 4th in the National League East, the team is heading towards a rebuild, and getting talented prospects including the top two prospects from Los Angeles in Ruiz and Gray for Scherzer and Turner will go a long way in the rebuild.-
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