San Francisco Chronicle
Dodgers deal for Turner and Scherzer
On a day of blockbuster trades, the Dodgers swung the biggest deal Friday, acquiring threetime Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and AllStar shortstop Trea Turner from the Nationals.
Washington acquired two rookies, righthander Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz, and minor leaguers Gerardo Carrillo and Donovan Casey.
Scherzer — who can become a free agent after the season — had been given permission to speak to the Dodgers to see if he would waive his right to veto any trade, a power he had as a 10year veteran who has been with his team for at least five years.
“Elation,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of his reaction to the trade. “I was very excited. Obviously, very, very accomplished, very consistent, very good ballplayers. They enhance our club tremendously.”
The deal came with the Dodgers three games behind the NL Westleading Giants. Los Angeles owns the top spot in the wildcard race, beginning Friday 21⁄2 games ahead of San Diego.
Scherzer is 84 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season, and also started the AllStar Game for the National League this month. He posted a win for the Nationals on Thursday, when he pitched six innings of onerun ball at Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.
Turner, who is currently out of action after testing positive for the coronavirus, is hitting .322 with 18 home runs and 49 RBs, along with 21 stolen bases. He is expected to play second base in Los Angeles after Corey Seager returns, possibly next week, from a broken right hand.
While the Dodgers’ big deal makes the NL West race more interesting, the NL East race also figures to be intriguing to the end as the Mets, Phillies and Braves all were active ahead of the trade deadline.
The Mets, who began Friday with a 31⁄2 game lead on Philadelphia and a fourgame edge on Atlanta, acquired shortstop Javy Baez and righthander Trevor Williams from the Cubs for outfield prospect Pete CrowArmstrong, who was New York’s firstround draft pick last year.
With Francisco Lindor at shortstop for the Mets, Baez is likely to move second base.
Philadelphia countered by getting righthander Kyle Gibson and closer Ian Kennedy from the Rangers to fortify its pitching and adding shortstop Freddy Galvis from the Orioles.
Atlanta, which lost right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to a seasonending injury and left fielder Marcell Ozuna to an ongoing suspension over a domestic violence incident this season, got outfielders Adam Duvall from the Marlins, Jorge Soler from the Royals and Eddie Rosario from the Indians in addition to acquiring reliever Richard Rodriguez from the Pirates.
On the American League side of things, the White Sox pulled off one of the biggest trades, acquiring AllStar closer Craig Kimbrel from the Cubs for second baseman Nick Madrigal and reliever Cory Heuer.
Kimbrel joins former A’s closer Liam Hendriks in a formidible bullpen.
“We viewed Craig as the premier relief pitcher available at this trade deadline, and so we knew the cost would be steep in terms of parting with young talent,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “Our fans deserve to know we will do everything we can to reach the postseason and win meaningful games in October.”
Among the other deals:
Astros: Houston got reliever Phil Maton from the Indians for outfielder Myles Straw.
Blue Jays: Toronto bolstered its rotation by acquiring righthander Jose Berrios from the Twins and got reliever Joakim Soria from the Diamondbacks.
Brewers: Milwaukee added to its bullpen, getting righthander Daniel Norris from the Tigers and righthander John Curtiss from the Marlins.
Cardinals: St. Louis acquired lefthander Jon Lester from the Nationals and got lefthander J.A. Happ from the Twins for righthander John Gant.
Padres: San Diego added to its outfield depth by getting Jake Marisnick from the Cubs.
Red Sox: Boston added reliever Hansel Robles via a trade with the Twins.
Yankees: New York got lefthander Andrew Heaney from the Angels.