These could be the last days of Max Scherzer in the uniform of the Washington Nationals.
MLB’s trade deadline is Friday, and with the Nationals eight games behind in the NL East, Scherzer could be one of the biggest names in the market if Washington looks to become sellers.
If he trades to Scherzer, the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to sign him, according to online sportsbook BetOnline. Bettors list the Mets as 3/1 favorites to secure Scherzer, while the Dodgers are listed at 7/2. The Milwaukee Brewers (4/15), New York Yankees (9/2) and Houston Astros (5/1) round out the top five.
It’s unclear if the Nationals would be willing to trade Scherzer, who turns 37 on Tuesday, within the division. But the Mets have a solid farm system and are looking for help pitching, having traded in for former Rays starter Rich Hill.
The Nationals need younger, more promising pieces as their farm system was ranked last by MLB.com before the season.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team had mapped out various scenarios for the team to be a buyer or a seller on the deadline. But the Nationals were swept by the Baltimore Orioles and have now lost 10 of their last 13.
Scherzer scratched since his last start with a sore triceps, but he and the Nationals don’t see the injury as serious. Scherzer is 7-4 this season with a 2.83 ERA. It has a no-trade clause, which gives you the right to veto any deal.