The rich get richer.
Reigning World Series champion the Dodgers reportedly added three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and five-tool shortstop Trea Turner in the biggest box office hit so far this season. 2021 of the MLB trade deadline.
The Nationals, winners of the World Series just two years ago, are committing to a reload of young talent as they move on from Scherzer (a free agent after this season) and Turner (a free agent after 2022).
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Max Scherzer, details of the Trea Turner trade
The Dodgers get: RHP Max Scherzer, SS Trea Turner
Nationals obtain: C Keibert Ruiz, RHP Josiah Gray, OF Donovan Casey, RHP Gerardo Carrillo
Los Angeles makes another big splash with a trade. He added Mookie Betts last season in hopes the star outfielder would get the team over the hump to win a World Series. He hopes Scherzer and Turner can do the same this year. The Dodgers are second in the NL West, three games behind the Giants, and three games ahead of the Padres, who are in third place.
Scherzer will fill the void in the rotation that was created when Trevor Bauer was placed on administrative leave by MLB amid allegations of sexual assault.
Turner will give the Dodgers another All-Star and another shortstop featuring Corey Seager, the 2020 World Series MVP. Los Angeles now has an infield jam. Turner is on the COVID-19 disabled list, while Seager is expected to be activated from IL on Friday. according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The Nationals bring in prospects who should be able to help in the near future. Ruiz made his major league debut last year and had a cameo with the Dodgers this year. He’s been pounding at Triple-A and has long been considered one of the best catcher prospects in the sport. Gray came to the majors this season after he handed Triple-A hitters a 2.87 ERA, a 38.6 percent strikeout rate and a 3.5 percent walk rate. The 23-year-old should be almost ready to join a full-time rotation.
Casey has hit for power and demonstrated stolen base ability in the minors, but the 25-year-old doesn’t have as high a pedigree as Ruiz and Gray. He has hit 11 home runs and stolen 15 bases in Double-A this season after hitting 23 home runs and stealing 22 bases between Single-A high and Double-A in 2019. Carrillo, 22, has pitched as a starter in Double-A, accumulating 10.6 K / 9 but also posting a 4.25 ERA.