Just hours after the Wizards dealt Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, the two cities have an even bigger blockbuster: 3x Cy Young award winner and future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer will be the fourth former Cy Young recipient (Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Trevor Bauer) to appear for the Dodgers in 2021. Joining him? The most underrated player in baseball, Trea Turner.
NL West rivals were on the brink of acquiring the right-handed ace this afternoon but the deal fell through at the last moment, allowing the Dodgers to pull off a stunning blockbuster. The 37-year-old has been the best pitcher in baseball in this generation across time with the Diamondbacks, Tigers and Nationals. In the final year of his seven year contract, Scherzer is the biggest rental on the market by a wide margin. Today, he made his final start as a National going six innings with one earned run. Heading into today, he had a 2.83 ERA on the season.
Scherzer, an 8x All-Star, has a 3.19 ERA over 14 MLB seasons. Since his 2013 breakout, Scherzer has a 2.84 ERA in 253 starts with over 2000 strikeouts. Over his career, Scherzer has struck out 2926 hitters, looking to join the exclusive 3000 club before season’s end. Scherzer had a 20-K game, two no-hitters and won a World Series with the Washington Nationals in what may have been the greatest free agent contract in MLB history.
The bigger prize here, contrary to popular belief, is Trea Turner. The shortstop is one of the game’s best players, with a 162 career average of .300/.356/.521 and 49 stolen bases. In 2021, the All-Star shortstop has hit for the cycle, posted a 4.1 WAR and hit 18 homeruns. With Corey Seager as a pending free agent, Turner gives the Dodgers at least one additional year before shopping for another shortstop.
It’s noted that Max Scherzer, who reserves the right to veto any trade through 10/5 rule (10 years of MLB service, five years with one club gains a player a no-trade clause), will waive his NTC to go to the defending World Series champions.
A myriad of prospects will be heading to the Nation’s Capital, including the number 41 prospect in baseball catcher Keibert Ruiz. Double A outfielder Donovan Casey. Casey, 23, has hit .296 with 11 homeruns in AA this season. Joining those two will be the Dodgers’ number two prospect Josiah Gray, who is number 42 on the MLB top 100 prospect list. More prospects are on their way to Chavez Ravine, but the identities are currently unknown. PSE will keep you updated.
UPDATE: The final prospect in the deal Gerardo Carrillo, a right-hander in Double A, the number 17 prospect in the Dodgers organization. The deal is official, pending medical reviews of all six players involved.
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