'No way' Nats trade Scherzer, Rosenthal says


Time to close the book on this idea.

The Washington Nationals will not be trading Max Scherzer, according to Fox and The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal

"No way the Nationals can trade Scherzer. Not now, not ever," Rosenthal said. "He is the face of the franchise. The unique face, with two different colored eyes and now, sometimes three. The face that conveys emotion, pride, intensity. Everything you want in an ace."

After the Nationals fell to 19-31 following a four-game sweep by the Mets in New York, heat on manager Davey Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo intensified. Trading Scherzer (and possibly free-agent-to-be Anthony Rendon) was being discussed around baseball

But then the Nats got hot, going 17-7 since May 24 they seem to have climbed out of their early-season funk. 

Rizzo told Rosenthal last Friday, June 14, the team wasn't considering making a trade.

“We’re certainly not thinking about that right now. We control the best pitcher in baseball for 2 1/2 more years – three playoff runs. He’s extremely well-priced. If you look at his contract, he’s extremely, extremely well-priced. We would have to command something that would be franchise-altering to consider moving him,” Rizzo said.
Scherzer's dominating start in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday, when he overcame a broken nose to strikeout 10 Phillies over seven innings, is a huge indicator of his value to the team. 

“I have zero control over that. It means nothing to me,” Scherzer said last week. “I’m here to win here. I have too much to worry about, trying to pitch and prepare every fifth day. Why (expend) any mental capacity on it at all when it’s completely out of my control? If we turn the corner here and win, we don’t even have to talk about it.”

Now at 36-38, Washington is now just three games behind the Phillies for second in the division and can make-up some of the 7.5 game deficit on the Braves this weekend at Nats Park. And while Scherzer won't pitch in this series, he remains the key cog in the Nationals rotation.

And with Mad Max earning full no-trade protection at the end of this season as a 10-and-5 player (10 years of MLB service time and five-straight years with the same team), he will likely stick with the club through the end of his contract after the 2021 season.

"No way the Nationals can trade Scherzer. Not now, not ever... He is the face of the franchise. The unique face with two different colored eyes and now, sometimes three." - @Ken_Rosenthal pic.twitter.com/pcZqxGqcJV

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