The Washington Nationals may very well trade Max Scherzer ahead of Friday afternoon's trade deadline, but it doesn't appear that Mike Rizzo and company are interested in trading perhaps the greatest player in franchise history within the National League East.
Andy Martino of SNY reports that he's been told by "a source close to the Scherzer/Nats situation" that there is "no chance" that the three-time Cy Young Award winner is dealt to the New York Mets, regardless of what may be offered in return.
Audacy Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman says that "about 14" teams have shown some level of interest in Scherzer, who is an eight-time All-Star. Presumably if the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves have expressed any desire to obtain one of the era's best pitchers, they'll be told no, just like the Mets.
Anyway, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported earlier Tuesday that Scherzer "strongly prefers the West Coast" in terms of where he's traded to. The 37-year-old has 10-and-5 rights, which he could use to assure he lands with a team in the Pacific Time Zone.
Scherzer would be a rental for whatever team acquires him, as he's in the final year of a seven-year/$210 million deal that will go down as one of the greatest free-agent signings in MLB history. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says that suitors would like a resolution on the Scherzer sweepstakes before he is slated to pitch on Thursday.