Max May Go West

The MLB trade deadline is 48 hours away, and the market’s hottest commodity is Max Scherzer.

The Nationals have faded in the NL East and appear to be in selling mode before Friday’s deadline — especially after the season-ending injury to fellow starter Stephen Strasburg.

Even at a steep price, the 37-year-old Scherzer would be a massive addition to a team in need of a veteran starter with a proven postseason track record.

  • The three-time Cy Young Award winner is in the final year of a seven-year, $210 million contract paying him $34.6 million this season.
  • 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 142 strikeouts in 105 innings this season.
  • 3.38 ERA in 22 postseason appearances and had three wins in the Nats’ run to the 2019 World Series title.

He is coveted by as many as eight contenders but is reportedly interested in going to a West Coast team — which possibly narrows the leading candidates to the three teams jockeying for position in the NL West.

The Giants — who are looking for their first title since 2014 — own MLB’s best record and the second-best ERA, while the Dodgers are three games back with the best ERA and the highest payroll. The Padres, 5.5 games back, are in a wild-card position with the fourth-best ERA.

In two days, we’ll know if Scherzer will try to take one of these California teams over the hump.