Max Scherzer, Trea Turner to Be Traded to Dodgers; Nationals Get Prospects

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Trea Turner #7 after throwing a complete game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on May 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday they have completed a blockbuster deal to acquire Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired three-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Max Scherzer and 2021 All-Star infielder Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals in exchange for catcher Keibert Ruiz, pitchers Josiah Gray and Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.

On Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the two sides were finalizing the agreement. 

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BREAKING: The Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources tell ESPN. The blockbuster of blockbusters is going to happen.

L.A. had reportedly been in a bidding war with the San Diego Padres to land Scherzer. Adding in Turner, a 2021 All-Star and NL stolen base champion in 2018, turns a deal that was already slated to net the Nationals a notable haul into a blockbuster.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, is scheduled to enter free agency after this season, while Turner has one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2022 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. 

In 18 starts this season, Scherzer has compiled a 2.83 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 142 strikeouts and 25 walks in 105 innings—the second-most strikeouts in the NL behind Philadelphia Phillies starter Zack Wheeler (165). 

Turner, meanwhile, has the second-highest OPS among shortstops (.890) behind only San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. (1.024). Turner also leads his position group in batting average (.322). 

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Before 2021, no team had ever had 3 Cy Young Award winners and 3 MVPs appear for them in a season. IF the Dodgers acquire Max Scherzer, they'd have 4 Cy Young award winners and 4 MVPs appear for them this season. <a href="https://t.co/hPiDGT1qNd">https://t.co/hPiDGT1qNd</a>

Los Angeles had a number of prospects to entice a Nationals team that will enter a rebuild by moving two franchise cornerstones. 

MLB Pipeline's Top 100 features three Dodgers, with catcher Ruiz rated the highest at No. 41 and right-handed starter Gray right behind him at No. 42. Ruiz was scratched from Thursday's lineup with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Middle infielder Michael Busch is ranked No. 81.

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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNTwins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MNTwins</a> front office just waiting for the Max Scherzer sweepstakes to end to work on a potential José Berríos deal.

Los Angeles is locked in a battle for the NL West with the Padres and Giants with San Francisco holding a three-game lead over the Dodgers for first place. The addition of two All-Stars intensifies the arms race in the division.