Nationals GM: Trading Trea Turner would take an 'offer we couldn't refuse'


Trailing the Mets by 7.5 games in the NL East with the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, the Nationals have made clear they're open for business.

Until 4 p.m. rolls around on Friday, Nats fans will have a sizable sweat going, awaiting to see if their favorite stars are dealt, with starter Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner the most coveted players potentially available for trade.

In his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance with The Sports Junkies, Nats GM Mike Rizzo wouldn't rule out the possibility of trading Turner, who still has a year of control remaining beyond this season, but made clear the 28-year-old All-Star won't come cheap.

"You want to trade for Trea Turner? You've got to come and get him," Rizzo said Wednesday. "Because he makes your team when you trade for him."

"It's got to be a deal that we can't walk away from and we can't refuse," he said. "I think Trea understands that. He knows the game as well as anybody I've ever been around, and he knows my affection for him and my affinity for his game, and for him and his wife and new baby to be a Washington National.

"If something were to happen where we got an offer that we couldn't refuse, he would understand it and it would be the best thing for the organization. But, with that said, I told you the parameters that would have to happen for us to do that deal."

Turner is one of the most prized commodities on the trade market, a power-hitting shortstop with as much pop as you'll find at a premium position in the middle of the field. Through 96 games, Turner's hitting .322 with 18 homers, 17 doubles, three triples, 49 RBI, 21 stolen bases and has an .890 OPS.