Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman surprised everyone in baseball on Thursday by acquiring All-Stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Nationals. In exchange for Turner and Scherzer, Friedman sent four minor leaguers back to Washington.
Both of the Dodgers’ top prospects, starter Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz, were included in the deal.
Fixing the Dodgers Rotation
Eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is a life raft for the Dodgers depleted rotation. Well, maybe more of yacht. Scherzer has a 2.76 ERA plus a career low WHIP of 0.89 this season. He has the second highest strikeout rate amongst starters this year (35.1%) behind only Corbin Burnes. Even at 37 years old, Scherzer is still dealing.
The likely Hall-of-Famer will join Buehler, Urias, and soon, Kershaw, in the Dodgers potent rotation. It might once again be the best starting staff in baseball now.
Adding Roster Depth
Shortstop Trea Turner fixes another big problem for the Dodgers – roster depth at the major league level. Although Turner hasn’t played much outfield or second base since 2017, the supremely talented athlete should see time at both of his former positions. His versatility should allow for an easy coexistence with Corey Seager once Seager returns from injury.
The short-handed Dodgers have lately been forced to play AAA players who aren’t ready to perform for the big club. Swapping in an All-Star for a below replacement level player should only help the Dodgers chase down the Giants.
Especially when that All-Star is hitting an impressive .406 against left handed pitching.
Parting with Gray and Ruiz was a steep price to pay. However, Friedman traded away premium prospects for current major league All-Stars.
Friedman and the Dodgers addressed two glaring weaknesses, their depth and rotation, in a monster deal that won’t soon be forgotten.
By either team involved.