Having won just five games since July 1, the Nationals appear to officially be in sell mode at the Trade Deadline.
A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the Nationals are informing teams that anybody on the roster other than Juan Soto can be had at the right price. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman previously reported that Trea Turner is included in the available players due to the club's lack of traction on extension attempts.
Several teams have been in touch with the Nationals about Turner, sources tell the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. While a trade involving the 28-year-old remains unlikely before the Deadline this Friday at 4 p.m. ET, the club has not appeared to rule it out completely due to the lack of an extension. Turner will be a free agent at the end of the 2023 season.
Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Turner declined to sign an extension last spring before Francisco Lindor inked a $341 million deal with the Mets. Lindor may be a bigger name, but Turner has proven to be a better player, ranking second to the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. in fWAR among position players since the beginning of 2020 (Lindor is tied for 51st).
Max Scherzer does not intend to exercise his 10-5 rights to veto a trade out of Washington, sources told the Post's Jesse Dougherty. While the Nationals did not appear eager to move Scherzer earlier in the season, with multiple contenders seeking rotation help, they could reconsider for the right offer. Scherzer is in the final year of a seven-year, $191.4 million contract.