Sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan that the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a deal with Trea Turner, star shortstop, and right-hander Max Scherzer of Washington Nationals to purchase them for a huge prospect haul.
Passan has been informed by Passan that the Nationals are currently being sent four prospects by the Dodgers. They include right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray and catcher KeibertRuiz. Gerardo Carrillo is right-handed, Donovan Casey is outfielder, and Gerardo Carrillo is right-handed.
ESPN's Kiley MacDaniel rated Gray and Ruiz as the Dodgers top two prospects going into the season.
Gray was ranked No. McDaniel ranked 36 among the top 100 MLB prospects at the start of the season. Ruiz was ranked No. 74.
Scherzer is currently 8-4 and has a 2.76 ERA in 19 games this season. After 2021, Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, will be a free agent.
Scherzer was entitled to block any trade due to his 10-and-5 rights (10 year of major league service time, five with the same team), but he was open to moving to the West Coast and has agreed to join the Dodgers.
In the last year of his $710 million seven-year contract, he owes $35 million. However, the remaining three years of the deal will be paid in deferrals starting in 2022 and ending in 2018.
Turner is an All-Star this year, batting.322 and scoring 18 home runs. He also has 49 RBIs. He is now a career.300 hitter, and he is in his seventh season. After a positive coronavirus test, Turner was forced to leave Tuesday's game against Philadelphia Phillies.
Turner, 28, has been an everyday shortstop for the past five years. He started 44 games at center field and 25 at second base in 2016, while Turner was also a regular at-bat. Turner is more likely to be able to bat every day at these positions, with Corey Seager and Mookie Betts expected to be off the injured lists this weekend. Cody Bellinger could be moved to center field to share the time with A.J., despite his struggles to hit a.556 OPS. Pollock could form a platoon.
The Dodgers were aggressive in their pursuit for starting pitching. They also worked with the Minnesota Twins to discuss Jose Berrios, who is still manageable for another year. Scherzer joins a team that includes Walker Buehler and Julio Urias as well as Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw, Clayton Kershaw, and Tony Gonsolin.
Los Angeles was suddenly in need of starting pitching due to the uncertain situation surrounding Trevor Bauer. Bauer is currently facing sexual-assault allegations. He has also had his administrative leave extended three times. Bauer is currently under criminal investigation. The civil hearing for the temporary restraint order against him is set for August 16-19.
Danny Duffy, who was acquired earlier Thursday from the Kansas City Royals, can also assist in the rotation. However, Duffy is expected to be used dynamically as a multi-inning reliever. This role is similar to that of Urias in recent years.
This report was contributed by Alden Gonzalez, ESPN.