The Dodgers swept in to grab Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Nationals. Who are the winners and losers from the blockbuster deal?
The blockbuster trade is all but done, with Jeff Passan of ESPN reporting that the deal is in the process of being finalized.
With Los Angeles getting the players they needed and the Nationals getting a haul of prospects in return, who were the winners and losers of the trade?
Winners from the Dodgers trade for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner
Max Scherzer and Trea Turner won the Nationals a World Series. Of course it’s hard to part with them. However, when it comes to prospects, the team couldn’t have done better.
The trade reportedly includes the Dodgers’ top two prospects, catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Josiah Gray, plus two more mid-range prospects. Ruiz and Gray rank 41st and 42nd among MLB prospects.
Those are huge gets for a team looking to rebuild. Before the trade, Washington’s highest-rated prospect was pitcher Cade Cavalli at No. 77.
Turner is just 28 years old. Instead of wasting his prime waiting on Washington’s rebuild, he gets to join a World Series contender with free agency on the horizon.
The shortstop will be a free agent after next season. That means he has a season and a half to greatly improve his value while potentially adding to his trophy cabinet.
This one is a no-brainer. Just when it looked like the Padres would be the big winners in the race for Max Scherzer, the Dodgers came out of nowhere to snag the top pitcher on the trade market. Not only that, but they got an All-Star shortstop to go with him.
Los Angeles is now a bonafide super-team. Even with Clayton Kershaw’s injury return uncertain, the Dodgers have their ace. They can put Trevor Bauer in the rearview mirror.
All eyes in LA should be on the World Series.