Report: Dodgers, Red Sox, Blue Jays among 8 teams eyeing Scherzer
The Max Scherzer market is heating up with the July 30 trade deadline approaching.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and New York Mets are interested in trading for the Washington Nationals ace, sources told Jayson Stark of The Athletic.
The New York Yankees also reportedly looked into acquiring the right-hander but were told that he probably wouldn't approve a deal to the Bronx.
Meanwhile, the chances of the Mets landing the three-time Cy Young winner are highly unlikely because the Nationals are a division rival, a source told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The Dodgers, Giants, and Padres are reportedly seen as the favorites to land Scherzer.
The eight-time All-Star is more intrigued about going to a club that has a chance to win this year and beyond than geographic location, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The 37-year-old reportedly indicated that he would waive his no-trade clause to suit up for a team on the West Coast. He also holds 10-and-5 rights, which means he could influence his potential destination if multiple offers are made.
Scherzer has accrued a 2.83 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 12.2 K/9 over 18 starts (105 innings) in his 14th season in the majors.