Multiple reports on Tuesday indicated that there was “no chance” that Max Scherzer would be traded to the Mets before Friday’s deadline, and New York’s acting general manager Zack Scott confirmed that to Carton and Roberts on Wednesday.
Speaking about the recent reports, Scott officially extinguished any heat still left on the Scherzer stove in terms of a potential move inside the division.
“I’ve been told not specifically about him saying that,” Scott said about reports that Scherzer wouldn’t accept a trade to New York. “I don’t want to put that on the player. But that’s not happening.”
Some reports indicated that the Mets were on Scherzer’s list of teams that he might accept a trade to, but Scott indicated that Scherzer’s lack of desire to go to the Mets couple with the Nationals’ lack of desire to deal their ace to a division rival is why those trade talks went nowhere.
“I don’t really know,” Scott said. “That’s a question for them. But what was communicated to me, reading into it, it’s probably a little bit of both.”
Scherzer would have been a massive boost to the Mets’ depleted starting rotation, which Scott reiterated is the team’s top priority leading up to the deadline. But with 10 years of service and five straight with the same team, Scherzer controls where he can go, and reportedly prefers west coast destinations to contenders like the Dodgers or Padres. But even if Scherzer would be open to a trade to the Mets, it doesn’t seem like Washington would want to hand over its best pitcher to an NL East rival, meaning any potential of Scherzer joining the Mets has been squashed.
“We’ll set the expectations properly there,” Scott said. “He has a lot of control over where he goes, and that’s a division rival.”