All eyes in the baseball world should be focused on Washington, D.C.
If the underachieving Nationals decide to sell in a big way at the July 31 MLB trade deadline, the sport could change in an instant. From closer Sean Doolittle, to third baseman Anthony Rendon, to left-handed power bat Matt Adams, the Nationals have attractive pieces throughout the roster.
But one name stands above the rest: Max Scherzer.
Yes, the best pitcher in the sport could be available for the right price this summer—and potentially become a franchise-altering target for the Yankees.
As of right now, SNY’s Andy Martino is hearing that rival executives do not expect Scherzer to be put on the market by Washington. Of course, the next six weeks could change thinking (in Washington and across the sport) in a major way.
Scherzer, 34, owns a 2.81 ERA through 15 starts this season. That line includes a 2.26 FIP, 6.80 SO/BB, 12.3 SO/9 and 1.8 BB/9. Scherzer is striking out hitters at a career high rate while keeping his walk rate among the league’s best. We’re watching this generation’s Randy Johnson get better as the years go on.