Dodgers Finalizing Deal To Acquire Max Scherzer, Trea Turner From Nationals

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First, Max Scherzer was going to the San Diego Padres. That was the tweet originally sent out by Ken Rosenthal with The Athletic earlier on Thursday. Unfortunately for Padres fans, that ended up not being the case.

Instead, the star pitcher and his teammate, shortstop Trea Turner, are both heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers in what Jeff Passan with ESPN is describing as “the blockbuster of blockbusters.” That news first broke on Thursday evening and was confirmed soon after.

According to ESPN, the Dodgers are sending the Nationals a slew of prospects in the dealing. That includes right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitcher Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.

Gray and Ruiz are both listed as top-50 prospects on

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are getting a three-time Cy Young Award winner and an All-Star shortstop. So far this season, Scherzer has a 2.76 ERA to go along with his 8-4 record in 19 starts.

He had a say in where he ultimately landed due to his 10-and-5 rights, but he obviously felt comfortable packing up and heading across the country from the East Coast to the West Coast. He is currently in the final year of his contract, however.

Turner, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, has been fantastic once again this season. He’s currently hitting .322 with 66 runs, 18 home runs, 49 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. We’ve seen the 28-year-old flirt with 20-40 multiple times throughout his career.

How do the Dodgers keep doing it? Braves fans and several others want to know.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. How can one team have so many prospects to deal and never seem to run out?! LA has a corner on the talent market top to bottom it seems. I’d be handing their scouting director and minor league development director a blank check to come to my org.

    • When new ownership(Guggenheim Partners) took over in 2012 one of the immediate priorities was to beef up international scouting. It produced Julio Urias, among others, and two of the four(Ruiz and Carrillo) prospects sent out in the deal.

      Before they were able to beef up the minor league system they traded for Hanley Ramirez, and his contract, in one deal and Adrian Gonzales(and others) in another, but had to take on Carl Crawford’s contract in the process. So early on they simply used their financial might to be viable immediately, they’ve won their division every season since 2013.

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