It was likely a combination of the 5-15 record in the month of July and the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Baltimore Orioles, but the Washington Nationals are no longer treading water in MLB's postseason race and are definite sellers ahead of the trade deadline.
The latest name to land on the trade block is three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. And, one divisional rival in the New York Mets is reportedly interested. The New York Mets have made an official inquiry about the eight-time All-Star.
Max Scherzer Mets
For New York, there's an obvious need for starting pitcher with superstar Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list as well as the numerous pitching injuries in 2021. Even after acquiring Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Mets are still looking for a World Series and adding a superstar starting pitcher is always beneficial to that situation.
However, it's likely this is the Mets just doing their due diligence ahead of the trade deadline. League experts would be shocked to see the Nationals deal such a high-caliber player to their fierce division rival. On the year, Scherzer is pitching to a 2.83 ERA with 142 strikeouts across 105.0 innings pitched and 18 starts.
Currently, New York sits atop the NL East with a 52-44 overall record. Washington trails by 8.0 games in the standings at 45-53. What's worse, the Nats' are 11.0 games back of the final National League Wild Card spot. New York currently owns +1000 odds to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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