Report: Scherzer open to being traded by Friday's deadline
Scherzer holds 10-and-5 rights that he could exercise to help influence his potential destination if multiple trade offers are on the board, according to Dougherty. It was initially reported that the right-hander wasn't planning on using his 10-and-5 rights to veto a deal to stay in Washington.
A player receives 10-and-5 rights after accruing 10 years of service time while spending the past five seasons with one team. This allows the player to veto any trade proposal.
Scherzer is in his 14th MLB season and his seventh with the Nationals.
The 36-year-old "strongly prefers the West Coast" to waive his no-trade clause, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
Scott Boras, the eight-time All-Star's agent, previously said Scherzer wouldn't accept a trade without a contract extension in place, as he's a free agent at season's end. That may no longer be the case.
The three-time Cy Young winner missed time with a groin injury earlier in the season and hasn't pitched since the All-Star break due to triceps discomfort.
However, Scherzer has lived up to his sterling reputation when healthy. He's 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 142 strikeouts over 105 innings this season.