Time to close the book on this idea.
"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."
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.
“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.