Yankees: 3 midseason trade targets fans are already itching for
1. Max Scherzer
Yankees fans have been eyeing this one for far longer than just the first month of the 2021 season.
Should the Bombers have signed Max Scherzer after the 2014 season instead of standing pat and signing no one? Yes. Obviously.
Is it amazing Scherzer’s still extremely effective at the tail end of that contract? Naturally!
We would’ve rather the Yankees paid for his peak than explored the back end, but there’s a lot of October value here, and the Nationals’ season has started off “Bad News Bears” bad both on and off the field.
Scherzer, to his credit, has retained his Hall of Fame normalcy. Through four starts, he’s got a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 33 men in 25 innings. Rubber armed as ever, he’ll be 37 when his deal expires at the end of the 2021 season, and will likely be looking for a three-year-ish Verlander contract.
Will the Yankees want to pay it? Hmm, not sure. Does he come with a shortstop?
But, either way, how could the Yankees possibly say no to renting Max Scherzer?!
If the Nationals are still scuffling by the deadline, New York has no reasonable excuse not to highlight a package with Schmidt and call Mike Rizzo’s phone until he disconnects it. This could be the Astros’ Verlander Move 2.0 if the Yankees choose not to inquire.