1. Max Scherzer
For any Dodgers fans hoping the front office will be go for the jugular at the deadline, that’s possible, but don’t expect it to come in the form of Max Scherzer.
If we were having this discussion just one month ago, Scherzer might’ve been in play for the Dodgers. However, the Washington Nationals, led by Mad Max, Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber, have ascended up the standings and are just 4.5 games out in the NL East.
The Dodgers shouldn’t focus any of their deadline energy on Max Scherzer.
Scherzer on the Dodgers would be a dream scenario, but the Nationals willing themselves back into playoff contention, coupled with how much LA would have to give up (in both financial and asset terms) for his services, probably wouldn’t make the whole thing worth it.
The Dodgers need another stater amid Trevor Bauer’s extended administrative leave and Kershaw’s injury, but Dave Roberts didn’t seemed to concerned about the latter. In other words, the rotation would still be set for October if the front office made a more low-profile move.
Trading for Scherzer could make the Dodgers unbeatable, but they don’t have the financial wherewithal to pull off such a deal. Given how many injuries LA has dealt with thus far, they’d be better served targeting multiple pitchers instead of going all out for an aging superstar who’s due for a new extension after this season.