Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers: Roundtable reaction from The Athletic MLBs writers – The Athletic

Max Scherzer, the biggest pitching prize on the trade market this season, is reportedly heading to Los Angeles to play for the Dodgers — and in an unexpected twist, so is shortstop Trea Turner. The deal is not yet official. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner and eight-time All-Star, is 8-4 this season with a 2.76 ERA and a 135 ERA+. Turner is a career .300/.356/.486 hitter who is surpassing those numbers this season, hitting .322/.369/.521 with 18 homers and an OPS+ of 146 in 96 games.

The Nationals are receiving a significant package of prospects from the Dodgers, according to multiple sources: Catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitchers Josiah Gray and Gerardo Carrillo, and outfielder Donovan Casey. Gray was No. 1 on Keith Law’s preseason list of the Dodgers’ top prospects, while Ruiz was No. 4; Carrillo was 20th.

As we wrote on our trade deadline tracker, Scherzer started for the Nationals on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies, in front of scouts from more than a half-dozen teams. He went six innings, allowing one run (a homer) and three hits on 88 pitches (56 strikes). He struck out five, walked three and pitched at his usual mid-90s velocity, showing some command issues early before rebounding. It was his first outing since being scratched last weekend with triceps discomfort.