Boston Red Sox Rumors: 3 Nationals targets at the MLB Trade Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Brad Hand #52 and Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Brad Hand #52 and Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 18: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Boston Red Sox Trade Target No. 1: Max Scherzer

You had to know this one was coming. Max Scherzer‘s name has been getting thrown around in trade rumors since the start of the season due to his contract being set to expire this offseason, and with Washington seemingly out of the playoff race, Scherzer is likely to be moved before July 30th.

Scherzer has been one of the best pitchers in the league for the past decade, making eight All-Star appearences and winning the Cy Young Award three times over his career. It looked like Scherzer was beginning to decline last season, but he has bounced back this season and silenced his critics.

Scherzer has been his typical dominant self this season, posting a 7-4 record with a 2.83 ERA while striking out 142 batters in the process. Those numbers were good enough to help Scherzer earn his eighth All-Star appearance, and solidify his status as one of the top pitchers in the league.

Of course, there are some concerns that would come with trading for Scherzer. He turns 37 in just three days, and is set to be a free agent this upcoming offseason. There’s no guarantee he would re-sign, and even if he did, how much longer will he play for?

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But it is clear as day that Scherzer is the best available starter on the market, and if the Sox want to make a big splash at the deadline, Scherzer is their guy. With Eduardo Rodriguez’s health issues popping up again, the Sox could certainly use some more depth in the rotation. Who better to fix that problem than Scherzer?

There’s admittedly a ton of risk involved with a potential move for Scherzer, but he gives the Boston Red Sox a de facto ace heading into the final two months of the season. There’s no guarantee Chris Sale will return and be the Chris Sale of old, so making a move for a pitcher who has proven to be an ace so far this season would be the safer route. Boston has a number of potential options at the deadline, but adding Scherzer would be the top move to put this team closer to the World Series.