Dodgers 'finalizing' deal for Scherzer, Turner after Padres-Nats trade appears to fall through

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A frenzied leadup to Friday's MLB trade deadline went into overdrive on Thursday, with several reports indicating the Dodgers were closing in on a trade with the Washington Nationals involving three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.

Reports of the Nationals-Dodgers blockbuster surfaced just hours after initial reports indicated Scherzer was on the verge of being acquired by the San Diego Padres.

Instead, the 36-year-old ace and Turner, a former Rookie of the Year and first-time All-Star in 2021, will apparently be heading to Los Angeles in a deal that will almost certainly swing the balance of power in the NL West and beyond.

The Nationals would receive several prospects in the proposed deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, including touted minor league catcher Keibert Ruiz.