Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer has broken his nose during one of the most critical times of the Nationals season as confirmed by Jessee Dougherty of The Washington Post. The Nats currently sit 33-38, nine games behind the division-leading Braves.
The Nationals play a critical string of games until the All-Star break mid-July to find out if they’ll become sellers or buyers in a competitive NL East division. Scherzer’s name has come up in trade rumors over the past few weeks and the Nats could look to move him and look to get a major haul for one of the games best starting pitchers.
Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo has denied rumors about trading Scherzer in the past few weeks during an interview with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
“We control the best pitcher in baseball for 2 1/2 more years – three playoff runs,” Rizzo said. “[Scherzer is] extremely well-priced. If you look at his contract, he’s extremely, extremely well-priced. We would have to command something that would be franchise-altering to consider moving him.”
The organization officially owes $142.5 million to Scherzer through the end of the 2021 season, though $105 million of that sum will be paid out in deferrals from 2022-28.
The Nationals are built to win now and for the next two seasons. A Scherzer trade? Unlikely.