The NL West has been a battle during the first half of the season and it will be a fight for the Dodgers to be crowned NL West champion once again. One of the three teams in contention—the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, or San Francisco Giants—could make a big splash ahead of the trade deadline, with Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer being available.
According to Mark Feinsand, if Scherzer is traded, he prefers a West Coast team. With his no-trade clause, that is significant. Now, Jon Heyman states that Scherzer wants the opportunity to win and win going forward. Here is what he reported:
Scherzer’s preferred list of teams includes the Dodgers, Giants and Padres (and some others) but is said more about the ability to win this year and going forward (he’d like a team he could stay with) than geography. A bidding war betw the 3 NL West leaders is certainly possible.
Scherzer is 7-4 on the season, with a 2.83 ERA. In 105 innings, he has 142 strikeouts to just 25 walks. His 0.886 WHIP is currently a career best.
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