Following the posting of yesterday’s Weekly Mailbag, a spirited discussion took place in the comments section regarding who the Yankees should shield in any trade talks for Max Scherzer. In a short comment within the Mailbag, I expressed my opinion that Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres are the only players that I consider off-limits in trade discussions should Scherzer hit the market. Longtime reader, Fuster, asked me to explain why I would not include Torres in talks for an ace like Scherzer. While I answered the question in short-form in the comments section, I think that this topic is worth further discussion since the Yankees will be on the prowl for a top-end rotation arm to add to the roster via trade prior to the trade deadline in July.
Before I get into it, I want to make one thing clear: personally, I do not believe that Scherzer will hit the market this summer. The Nationals still have a chance to come back in the NL East race, and this may be the last season of their window of contention. Anthony Rendon is a Free Agent this offseason, Scherzer and Strasburg, as good as they are, are getting older, and there is not enough young talent in the National’s prospect pipeline to keep the team in contention without high-end veterans. I just have a hard time believing that the Nationals will sell at the deadline unless they do something horrific like lose 15 of their next 20 games. Could it happen? Sure, which will make this article relevant. If the Nats sell, it is going to take some serious offers to grab Scherzer.
There are valid reasons on both sides of the argument for and against building a trade offer around Gleyber Torres in pursuit of Max Scherzer. If I were Brian Cashman, and I had a trade offer centered around Torres that I knew would be accepted by the Nationals, assuming money and prospects were agreed upon, I would be rendered an anxious, sleepless wreck. But in the end, much as I really do believe that Scherzer is the best pitcher in baseball, I would not be willing to trade Torres in any deal for Max Scherzer. Let’s dig into it.
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