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Explaining the Nationals' options as the MLB trade deadline approaches

The Washington Post 28 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

Strip away the no-trade clause and NL East conflict, and the Mets would have zero excuse for not having Max Scherzer in Flushing days ago.

With no ace for the time being and certainly no guarantees regarding Jacob deGrom’s time line or health in the second half, the Mets need to shoot for the best pitcher available, even if it stings a little extra on the prospect side.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and this year’s NL starter in the All-Star Game, clearly is that guy (a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts this season). Prying him from the Nationals, however, is a tall order for the reasons mentioned above.

Though The Washington Post reported Monday that Scherzer wouldn’t veto a trade outright, he could use the clause to choose his next team. There is plenty of competition for him outside the NL East, namely the Dodgers — which obviously would be preferable for their GM, Mike Rizzo.

"I don’t have any problem dealing within the division," Mets acting general manager Zack Scott said on Monday. "Some other teams may feel differently. I have no idea. But I always look at it that we have to look out for what’s best for the club. "

Generally speaking, Scott acknowledged that no-trade provisions can be a "challenge," especially as time gets tight. But the Mets really could use an ace-caliber boost for the rotation, more than we ever anticipated. The rest of the possible acquisitions — Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Michael Pineda — seem more like filler by comparison.

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Because as much as the Mets have been drowning in TBAs for the rotation — they had two listed for this five-game series against Atlanta — there should be legit concern about the talent at the top, too.

Even after Monday’s doubleheader split with Atlanta, in which the Mets deployed six relievers for a 1-0 victory in Game 2, Luis Rojas was unsure who will start Tuesday.

"We’ll see who’s available," he said.

Ideally, Carlos Carrasco will make his 2021 debut as soon as Saturday or Sunday, according to Rojas, after missing the first four months with a hamstring tear. Next in line is deGrom, but he’s graduated only to what Rojas described Monday as "light side sessions."

Noah Syndergaard? Listening to Scott, he’s barely on the radar. The acting GM had no problem saying Monday that the Mets are proceeding as if his September return is more theoretical than anything.

All of this uncertainty puts Scott in a weird place as Friday’s trade deadline approaches.

Whenever the Mets get healthy, the rotation figures to be a dominant force, backed by veteran help from wily lefthander Rich Hill, acquired Friday from the Rays.

But the rotation is nowhere near that now, and it’s nearly miraculous that the Mets have stayed atop the NL East for 79 days by patching one together on a daily basis. They’ve used 16 starters and somehow didn’t entirely collapse after deGrom went on the IL after his July 7 start with forearm stiffness.

The rotation has pitched to a 4.04 ERA (seventh in the NL) in the 16 games since deGrom went down, but their rather thin total of 64 2⁄3 innings ranked 12th in the NL.

Marcus Stroman, who allowed two earned runs in five innings in the Mets’ 2-0 loss to Atlanta in Game 1 on Monday, has been crucial, along with Taijuan Walker before his post-All-Star swoon. And where would the Mets be without unheralded rookie savior Tylor Megill, who has a 2.10 ERA in six starts?

Insert deGrom and Carrasco into that mix, and the Mets aren’t treading water anymore. That’s how Scott hopes the next few weeks will play out, but he’s got to deal with the rotation in its current makeup.

"It’s definitely part of the conversation, trying to navigate the week with some uncertainty about the timing of when guys are coming back and what’s their capability, both short and long term," Scott said.

There is no replacement for deGrom. Scherzer is a likely Hall of Famer, but at age 37 (Tuesday), he’s not 2021 Jake. Still, the Mets have to at least consider that deGrom’s assortment of minor injuries could bother him in the second half.

It’s not as if deGrom had anything in particular fixed during this IL stint. The Mets are just crossing their fingers that rest and treatment will do the trick. In the meantime, the best course of action is for Scott to be crafting as many contingency plans as he can.

"I expect we’re doing enough exploring, have enough dialogue, that there’ll be good opportunities for us," he said.

Scherzer would be a great opportunity, if at all possible.

David Lennon is an award-winning columnist, a voter for baseball's Hall of Fame and has covered six no-hitters, including two perfect games.

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Latest On Max Scherzer

MLB Trade Rumors 28 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

As of last night, there were at least eight clubs interested in Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who is open to waiving his no-trade rights but said to have a preference for a West Coast club that has the ability to keep him longer-term.

Scherzer figures to be one of the most talked-about trade candidates in recent memory, but his stay on the market may not go down to the wire like some other stars. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals want to get a framework for a trade in place as quickly as possible, in order to leave enough time to work out the details surrounding Scherzer’s no-trade rights and any compensation he’d require to waive them. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets that some involved in negotiations believe an agreement could come together by tonight.

While Scherzer has been connected to more than a quarter of the league, Rosenthal and Morosi both suggest that the three NL West contenders — the Padres, Dodgers and Giants — are the likeliest destinations at this time. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand suggested something similar yesterday. Both SNY’s Andy Martino and The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, meanwhile, have indicated that Scherzer would not approve a trade to either New York club.

Any of the three NL West contenders make for a sensible landing spot. The Giants hold the best record in Major League Baseball and ought to be motivated to aggressively strengthen their club down the stretch. The Dodgers’ rotation strength has dwindled since the season began, and the Padres are without several key rotation options themselves at the moment.

Of the bunch, only the Giants could acquire Scherzer without incurring any luxury-tax penalization. Scherzer’s deferral-heavy contract comes with an annual luxury hit of just under $30MM, and the prorated remainder of that hit as of this writing would be $10.49MM. (It’d drop to $10.03MM after the deadline.) The Dodgers, already in the top tax bracket for year-one offenders, would pay a 62.5 percent tax on that $10.03MM overage. The Padres are barely over the threshold at the moment and exploring some ambitious ways to drop back below the barrier; at the moment, they’d pay a 20 percent overage penalty.

Scherzer, who turned 37 yesterday, has pitched to a 2.83 ERA with a 35.1 percent strikeout rate (tying a career-high) and a 4.2 percent walk rate in 105 innings this year. He’s playing on a $35MM salary this year in the final season of a seven-year, $210MM contract, though the bulk of that 2021 salary is deferred to 2028. Schezer was scratched from his Saturday start against the Orioles due to a triceps issue, though the Nationals have indicated that an MRI came back clean. He’s listed as the probable starter for Thursday’s game against the Phillies. Of course, that recent health scare only muddies the water as teams try to put together a framework with the Nats.

How many time can MLBTR write the same article before Scherzer is traded?

I think this article covers more regarding injury, team’s of interest, and update about the situation w both NY teams. But its Max frigging Scherzer. He should get the most attention.

And then they want contributing subscribers. I’d rather read the ads.

So you don’t want them to figure out a way to drive traffic and revenue? Have you been forced to sign up for a paid subscription?

By all means, go click on the ads regularly, but you don’t do that either, do you? You just complain.

Where will Max-A-Million land? Pity the poor fool who has to pay for that

So should they post less? Make things up? Not provide any updates about max because every already published something similar. You all are showing your IQ and lack of thinking things through. Just banging your fists on the table complaining about dinner mommy made you

Careful now they might take that as a challenge

The fact that Scherzer wasn’t traded article is due out Friday at 5 PM ET.

Shame on you Steve Neb. for lamenting on your bread & butter

What happened to In God We Trust………..oh yeah, Manfred sold that to the WOKE generation

This would help ease the pain of the past 24 hrs for sure.

Can’t even begin to explain how badly I want him in a Mariners uniform

Literally no new information here. How about we wait to post articles until there’s something actually new from the previous info that’s out there.

Latest on Mad Max… some teams are trying to get him….

Sooooooooo, what is the update exactly?

If I’m Scherzer I’m not waiving my no-trade unless I get an extension. Of course, I’m not Scherzer but if this was the case the Nats would want this deal done earlier so that can be worked out. Here’s hoping that today’s the day. My guess – San Fran.

Why aren’t the Angels in on him?

Scherzer is wanting a ring this year! Angels are not likely to do that for him.

Imagine adding Trout, Rendon and Scherzer and being only 5 games out of the playoffs and 62 games left.

Angels always love being a mystery team flying under the radar.

Why would he accept a trade to the Angels when several other more competitive teams also are after him?

Because the Angels are known for giving out huge contracts after they’ve performed.

Well, he’s a quality pitcher who would help them. That’s my guess why they’re not interested.

Its a tough one; I had this discussion last night with a few friends of mine but the Angels are only 5 out of the Wild card, adding mad Max probably gets them there (along with Trout coming back and Rendon). I guess the only hurdle would be, if the Angels dont make the playoffs or are knocked out within the first round, they potentially give up a few quality prospects for nothing (unless an extension is signed). I dont know if Scherzer is a long term solution for the Angels, all of their previous major deals with aging players have not really worked out. So there could be some hesitation because he wants an extension as part of this potential trade.

Older players that they have messed up on have been hitters. I say give a 2 year extension plus option for third based on starts made in the first two years.

1) It would make sense if they work with Boras on a trade and immediate extension. They need him even more next year as the de facto ace and take the pressure off Shohei.

2) The bullpen is in dire need of fresh arms. They have to pull in some bullpen help to have any chance of the playoffs.

Both points valid and I agree with you.

Latest on Max Scherzer: he’s still breathing.

please trade him before tomorrow, or have the Phillies get a guy for that day. cant stand to see Scherzer vs VV.

Scherzer may insist on waiting to repay Girardi.

How about we wait for new into before posting the same article

I’m thinking a Joey Bart centered trade will do it for the Giants! This is after the Dodgers cheap out and refuse to include Ruiz!

I think the only chance the Giants include Bart for a rental is IF the Dodgers have a package centered around Ruiz and the Giants want to block them at all costs. I don’t see the Giants dealing Bart for any rental tbh…BUT I’d rather it be for Scherzer than Bryant

Gmen, I agree that if it’s a one for one, I’d have to take Max over Bryant. However, the article on Bryant says the Giants won’t trade Bart for a single high-end rental. I think a trade for Bryant, AND, Kimbrel (for Bart) would be pretty good for us. I have a hard time trusting that Rogers and McGee can anchor the back end all the way down the stretch. Adding Kimbrel would be huge (and we’d have him for next year too). Next 36 hours should be rather interesting!!!

“Well, maybe I don’t use my exclamation points as haphazardly as you do.”

“It was a damp and chilly afternoon, so I decided to put on my sweatshirt!”

I doubt Bart will be traded for a rental same with Ruiz. Teams just don’t trade that high of a prospect for rentals anymore. My guess is a package of prospects in the 5-20 range.

Perhaps 1 team is willing to ad a little better prospect with less volume. You also don’t know what the Nats prefer. They may want a volume of prospects.

One difference between the two is that Ruiz is kind of blocked by Smith and, to a lesser degree, Barnes, but with Posey aging, the Giants will likely need help behind the plate sooner rather than later. So I think the Giants would be more hesitant to move Bart than the Dodgers would be to move Ruiz. I don’t know if either team is willing to make that kind of trade, but I think Ruiz is more expendable than Bart given the current catcher situations for their respective organizations.

I do expect the Dodgers would be more willing to pull the trigger for sure. Giants have Bailey in the system and I’d feel comfortable with Posey being the main catcher for another year maybe even two

Posey’s option will probably turn into a 2-3 year deal, by that time one of Genoves/Bailey should be ready

Can he please be traded tonight so the Phillies don’t face him tomorrow? Thanks.

at least we have TA to face him…oh wait

lol too soon! I’m not even over it yet.

He’s too weak to handle NY. Clear as day.

So glad someone chimed in with this BS take…

Or the NY teams aren’t very good this year? Yankees probably don’t make the playoffs and the Mets aren’t a threat to the Giants, Dodgers, Padres or Brewers

Absolutely can’t handle NYC ..that’s ok go weak i mean west…Giants would be best fit Dodgers to inconsistent have too many holes. And I don’t care if the Padres put George Washington on the field they are not winning anything. Unless they put their wife’s or girlfriends to distract the other team. Great city cursed sports town hence former charges and Padres please…

Maybe fewer players desire to be part of the circus that is NY. Could be all kinds of factors.

The earlier article said that both NY teams and Boston were interested but it doesn’t sound like he wants any of those locations. If he goes anywhere it looks like West coast.

If a team trades for Scherzer, they are responsible for the deferred money?

Unless it’s worked into the trade agreement, but it’s unlikely it happens. Looking at the previous players trades with deferred money, Griffey Jr for example, red traded him to White Sox, but Cincy is the team still paying him (through 2024).

Thanks. I couldn’t imagine a team picking up 105 mill

I still think that Max is heading to the midwest instead of the west coast. The only reason people say west coast is to gain hype.

I somewhat agree. The Chicago White Sox owner, Reinsdorf, I think would go for this, more than any other. His time is now. Very possible.

Maybe the West Coast is mentioned because it was reported that Scherzer’s desire to be traded there came directly from him. Just a thought…

Actually Scherzer picks what teams to waive his NTC to. If the Royals offered Bobby Witt Jr. it wouldn’t matter because Scherzer almost certainly wouldn’t okay the trade

I agree contractual language must be adhered to.

Maybe Max Scherzer and Trea Turner are heading to the same team? A bigger trade package?

Yep, to the Yankees for Refsnyder and some pigeons.

The Crew has to think about making sure Max doesn’t end up with one of the stronger teams. I realize it’s a huge stretch and a starting pitcher isn’t exactly a perceived need at the moment, but it sure would be a statement, and would keep her m away from one of those tough West Coast clubs… a fella can dream

I feel the same way about the Rays acquiring him for the same reason of keeping him away from rivals. Good luck in the Scherzer Sweepstakes!

He’s going to end up a Dodger and replace Bauer, and everyone outside LA/OC will be annoyed.

Fears Daniel Camarena….GO Padres, La Doghairs sux.

The Padres are probably the most inclined out of the west to give their top prospect, they’re hell bent on beating the Dodgers.. Zaidi and Friedman are cut from the same cloth so they’ll be less prone to over pay. I will say most times then not the returns are less than we imagine.

An 8 week rental doesn’t bring the Nats a top prospect, even if he’s Max Scherzer. It just doesn’t work that way. A good prospect, maybe, but not a top 40. A good relief pitcher with 2 or more years of control remaining, about right..

Oh I completely agree that these trades often don’t end with the prospects being discussed

I am thinking Max ends up with the Dodgers

Wait, he has health issues? That’s a prerequisite for anyone joining the Angels. They should trade for him, pay for his Tommy John and 2 year extension all while he never sees the field. Perfect!

37 years old, has had both groin and triceps issues over the last week or so, and he’s an eight week rental for which the National’s will want a mint in exchange.

I’m OK with Preller kicking the tires on this one, but as good as Scherzer is, the risk isn’t worth breaking the bank over. If EITHER health issue recurs, Scherzer could be down for a month, i.e. the month for which he was traded to help win games. The Pads have already done a “Clevinger”, given up high level talent for a guy who pitched, what, one or two games, before TJ surgery?

If Scherzer remains healthy, he could help win a W.S. for certain. But at what price, and what does a team lose if he’s unable to answer the bell? Preller gave up a lot of talent to secure Clevinger. I wouldn’t want to see him do that from an every thinner farm system, two years in a row.

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Dodgers Trade Rumors: Keibert Ruiz Needed To Acquire Max Scherzer or José Berríos

DodgerBlue.com 28 July, 2021 - 11:10am

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With the Los Angeles Dodgers among the teams in search of pitching at the MLB trade deadline, they have most prominently been linked to Minnesota Twins starter José Berríos and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

There have been conflicting reports on the Dodgers’ potential interest in the Kansas City Royals’ Danny Duffy, who is on the 10-day injured list with a left flexor strain for a second time this season. L.A. also was said to have interest in Texas Rangers closer Ian Kennedy.

With a pressing need for a starter to bolster their rotation, much of the attention of late has gone to the Dodgers possibly coming to an agreement to acquire Scherzer.

If they are to trade for the future Hall of Famer, or even Berríos, the Nationals and Twins each covet a return that includes Keibert Ruiz, according to David Vassegh of AM 570 L.A. Sports:

“All these names you’re hearing: José Berríos, Max Scherzer, all of that, when it comes to the Dodgers, the conversations start and end with Keibert Ruiz. That’s who they want. If the Dodgers are willing to trade Ruiz, they will get one of those guys. If they’re not willing to trade Ruiz, they will not get one of those guys, from my understanding.

“He’s the guy. … That’s who Washington wants. They need catching, they know the Dodgers need pitching. They know the Padres are coming after the Dodgers. The Padres are having talks with the Nationals about Scherzer as well. Let’s not forget, if the Dodgers or Padres make a trade for Scherzer, he wants to talk contract extension with the team that he gets traded to.”

Ruiz, who was just named Triple-A West Player of the Week, has often been the subject of trade interest. The switch-hitting catcher is the top prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system and doesn’t have a clear path on their Major League roster.

In prior seasons at the trade deadline, the Dodgers have effectively rebuked all conversations that included the 23-year-old. The team operated in a similar manner with the likes of Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Gavin Lux and Dustin May as they made their way up the Minor League ranks.

Although a pitcher of Scherzer’s caliber would provide a significant boost to the rotation, the Dodgers reportedly are against trading Ruiz as the centerpiece of a deal that would net them a player who isn’t under team control beyond this season.

Nats prefer quick Scherzer trade (report)

MLB.com 27 July, 2021 - 04:36pm

According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Washington wants to find a trade for Scherzer in the next 24 to 48 hours so the right-hander has time to work out any details related to his no-trade clause.

Teams pursuing Scherzer believe Nats want to act within next 48 hours to create time to work through his no-trade. Chances of Scherzer making his start Thursday seem remote. Scratched from last start due to right triceps discomfit. Teams might ask: How do we know he is healthy?

Rosenthal calls the chances of Scherzer making his next scheduled start against the Phillies on Thursday “remote.” Scherzer was scratched from his last start due to mild right triceps discomfort, so he hasn’t taken the mound for Washington since July 18 against the Padres.

Scherzer has 10-and-5 rights, given to all players who have been in the Majors at least 10 years and with their current franchise for at least five, which means he can veto any trade. Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, has indicated the righty would likely seek some compensation to agree to waive his veto power.

A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that Scherzer prefers to be traded to a West Coast team, and notes that the Dodgers, Giants and Padres are considered the three favorites. However, The Athletic's Jayson Stark reports that at least eight teams are in the mix: the three NL West contenders, plus the Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Astros and Mets.

Scherzer is in the final season of a seven-year, $210 million deal with Washington. The entirety of his $35 million salary this year is deferred, interest free, as it was in each of the past two seasons. That said, for the purposes of the Competitive Balance Tax, Scherzer's deal carries an annual CBT figure of $28.689 million.

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