On Thursday, the Washington Nationals agreed to a blockbuster deal that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for C Keibert Ruiz, RHP Josiah Gray (MLB’s 41st and 42nd best prospect, LA’s no. 1 and 2 prospects, respectively), and two mid-range prospects.
During Scherzer’s time with the Nationals, he accumulated 91 wins, a 2.80 ERA, and 1605 strikeouts, earning himself 6 All-Star nods and 2 Cy Young awards along the way. His efforts were worth 38.4 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference, which made his tenure in D.C. worth almost $350 million, according to FanGraphs.
However, back in 2015, Max Scherzer was voted the worst free-agent signing of the offseason by MLB executives. The logic makes sense. Minting a pitcher with a violent delivery to a 7-year, $210 million contract as he heads into his 30s isn’t exactly a Jonah Hill from Moneyball type of move. However, the fallout of that deal bought success, both past and present, that has made Washington Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo look like a genius.