The New York Yankees need pitching, but they missed out on Dallas Keuchel, as the former Houston Astros star (finally) signed a free agent deal last week — with the Atlanta Braves.
Now, could the Yankees go after Nationals ace Max Scherzer, via trade? It wouldn’t be cheap, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand notes:
For teams seeking a front-of-the-rotation, difference-making arm, is there anybody that fits the bill more than Scherzer? It would be a big statement by the Nationals to trade the three-time Cy Young Award winner, but if they’re ever going to do it, this summer is the time. Scherzer will gain 10-and-5 rights at the end of the season, allowing him to block any trade during the final two years of his contract. If the Nationals fade further in the race, they could restock their farm system with one big move, dealing the soon-to-be-35-year-old to a contender. Scherzer is owed $35 million a year through 2021, albeit with a lot of deferred money, but teams might be willing to take the risk, hoping for a Justin Verlander-to-Houston type of result.