2. Max Scherzer AND Justin Verlander to San Francisco Giants
No, it’s not the Padres we’re worried about. After their supposed pursuit of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner was snuffed out by the Dodgers at the deadline, we’ve treated them like Don Draper to Ginsberg: “I don’t think about you at all.”
We’re still bothered by the Giants, though, even after shrugging past their 107-win core by the slimmest of margins in the NLDS.
Why? Because their rotation is completely up in the air surrounding Logan Webb, and with such a veteran-laden position player core, they really could opt to maximize their window with a few high-profile, short-term deals to some genuine aces.
That’s why it was, uh, terrifying to see MLB.com predict that Farhan Zaidi would sign both Scherzer and Justin Verlander this offseason.
Is this particularly likely? Well … no. Scherzer seems to be a safer bet at this point on a mondo three-year contract, but his next deal will certainly gum up the works for the Giants, who don’t necessarily operate above the clouds in the Dodgers’ stratosphere. As for Verlander? Zaidi is somewhat risk-averse, and probably doesn’t feel fantastic about dropping a $40-million-or-larger chunk of money on production he feels he can probably get elsewhere for cheaper. $40 million is a lot! You can pay plenty of reclamation projects for that much, and have enough to dedicate a new wing of the Giants’ Hall of Fame to Buster Posey.
Don’t bank on this coming to fruition, but it’d be a literal worst-case scenario for so many reasons.