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Phillies among teams Max Scherzer wouldn’t approve trade to, per report

Max Scherzer has had an excellent career. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

There’s a very real chance that Max Scherzer’s start at Citizens Bank Park Thursday afternoon is the final time that he’ll pitch in Philadelphia this season. If he returns again, it will certainly be as an opponent.

While there’s no evidence that the Phillies would have been players for the three-time Cy Young Award winner, ESPN‘s Jesse Rogers reports that Scherzer isn’t interested in being traded to Philadelphia or to the Houston Astros. Jayson Stark of The Athletic reported previously that Scherzer was “unlikely” to approve a deal to either New York team, the Yankees or Mets.

Because Scherzer has been in the league for 10 or more years and on his current team for five or more seasons, he has 10-and-5 rights, which amounts to a no-trade clause. So he can decide where he’s traded to before Friday’s deadline, if at all.

Common sense tells you that if the Nationals trade arguably the greatest player in the history of their franchise, they wouldn’t want to move him within the National League East, so even if Scherzer had been open to coming to the Phillies or Mets, it probably wouldn’t have been a realistic possibility.

There’s also the fact that while the Phillies are very much in the National League East race, it’s pretty hard to envision them making a World Series run, even if they acquired another front-line starter. Scherzer is 37 and can become a free agent after the season ends, so it he’s going to move now, presumably it will be to a team he feels he can win a World Series with.

But while you can make a case that Scherzer — who reportedly wants to play on the West Coast — probably doesn’t have anything personal against the Phillies, there may still be some bad blood from Joe Girardi asking for him to be checked for foreign substances on three different occasions during a game in June. (To be fair to Girardi, a report from Sports Illustrated‘s Stephanie Apstein and Alex Prewitt did suggest that someone had previously purchased foreign substances for Scherzer.)

We also don’t know exactly how Scherzer may feel about Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski led the Detroit Tigers front office that offered Scherzer a “substantial” deal that he turned down after winning the 2013 American League Cy Young Award with the team. Scherzer bet on himself and was ultimately rewarded, joining the Nationals on a seven-year/$210 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, a pact that will go down as one of the greatest signings in MLB history.



  1. WessPhillyGuy

    August 2, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Good I’m glad let him go to the Dodgers and implode under the pressure of every game being accountable. He will not dominate San Diego this year. This was a smart move for Washington shedding payroll. God knows that I hate the Nationals but Schererville going out west and has shown that push his buttons and he just might implode. Joe Girardi exposed it and now the SD kids will push him over the edge. SD in a laugher to the NL West title. Dodgers crash just like the Lakers as chemistry is a driving force in Baseball just like Basketball. Dodgers failures will come before long when the others say Show me the money and either walk or get traded.

  2. Leigh

    August 9, 2021 at 11:41 am

    He couldn’t handle the pressure of playing in Philly or New York.

  3. WessPhillyGuy

    August 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Good I’m glad. I don’t think that he wants to deal with the pressure of three of the 4 teams mentioned. If he melted down on Girardi and had all the fans running smack at him he would have a meltdown. I mean if an opposing manager can get you what would a sold out stadium do to him if he gave up an epic meltdown? Add that he’s got an arm issue good luck with the walking wounded in LA with their pitching staff being hit with injuries.

  4. Rob

    August 15, 2021 at 10:25 am

    The players are free agents, good for them, they can negotiate the best deals for themselves and choose where to go, compared to how it use to be. That said, I still think success as a team has to do with a lot of different combinations, farm system, scouting, manager, mix of veterans, younger players and luck!

    • Rob

      August 15, 2021 at 10:28 am

      And don’t forget health, injuries, the front office, ownership, as all being factors in winning!

  5. SportsFan0000

    August 22, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Dave Dombrowski acquired Scherzer from the Diamondbacks as part of a blockbuster deal when Scherzer was still a struggling young prospect.
    On December 9, 2009, Arizona traded Scherzer along with Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke, and Austin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team agreement that sent Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks and Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees.
    Scherzer became a star pitcher in Detroit. Scherzer was a struggling young starter trying to find himself in Arizona.
    Dombrowski, the Tigers and Scherzer had a great relationship. It was Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boros, who wanted Scherzer
    to go to free agency and get the absolute top dollar possible in an open public auction.
    The Tigers only mistake was in not trading Scherzer in his “walk year”(after Scherzer/Boros rejected the generous extension offer from the Tigers that was similar to the deal they gave Justin Verlander at the time…
    Tigers could have landed a package of 4-5 top young players and prospects for Scherzer in his ‘walk year” and possibly avoided a complete teardown years later like the Mookie Betts and Mark Texeira deals…

  6. SportsFan0000

    August 22, 2021 at 4:49 am

    I wonder if Dave Dombrowski will try to cook up one of these type deals for the Phillies in the offseason?!

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