Dodgers finalizing Max Scherzer, Trea Turner deal in massive trade deadline twist

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The Dodgers aren’t taking any chances as they appear to have beaten out a division rival to land two of baseball’s biggest stars.

Los Angeles, the defending World Series champions, are finalizing a trade to acquire pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner from the Nationals with a prospect-heavy return, according to ESPN. Triple-A catcher Keibert Ruiz, Baseball America’s No. 16 ranked prospect, is expected to be part of the Nationals’ return, the Athletic reported.

The Dodgers have some uncertainty in their rotation with Trever Bauer still on administrative leave as MLB continues to investigate sexual assault charges against the reigning NL CY Young winner. Turner could move into the outfield for the Dodgers with shortstop Corey Seager slotted to return to the IL on Friday.

The news of the Dodgers deal at the MLB trade deadline comes after reports earlier on Thursday that Scherzer, 37, was close to being on this way to the Padres. The Giants lead the NL West by three games over the Dodgers and six over San Diego.

Scherzer is currently 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 111.0 innings and is a free agent after this season. Turner, 28, is hitting .322 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI and 66 runs scored. He is arbitration eligible in 2022.

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