Some New York Yankees fans might be sick of hearing us constantly spew about how the team made a mistake not pursuing Max Scherzer years ago and how it would once again be a mistake not to pursue him at the trade deadline this season if the Washington Nationals decide to sell.
Good news! We’re not here to talk about that.
However, it might be worse.
There are no reports of this — there aren’t even any rumors — but the fact that somebody out there is connecting Scherzer to the Boston Red Sox at ANY point in time is a cause for Yankees fans’ concerns.
But it’s even more alarming when the Yankees might be in need of a game-breaking trade deadline acquisition in what could end up being a championship year and the Sox, who weren’t even supposed to be good, might be on their tail for the most premier option.
Boston’s bats have proven they’re the real deal. Once Chris Sale returns, they might have a clearer picture of what to do with their rotation. And they could easily make a Scherzer acquisition work.
The Red Sox trading for Max Scherzer would be the Yankees’ nightmare.
Here’s what Tim Kelly of WEEI.com wrote:
"“If this team finds itself at the top of their division around the July 30 trade deadline, a bonafide front-line starter like Scherzer would go a long way in helping them to win the American League East and potentially do damage in the postseason. That, of course, assumes that chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom would be willing to push the chips to the center of the table a year after going 24-36.”"
The Sox, theoretically, could move two of Garrett Richards, Eduardo Rodriguez or Martin Perez to the bullpen. That would help all of those guys preserve their arms in the long run since Richards (178 innings since 2018), Rodriguez (39 innings since 2020) and Perez (352 innings since 2018) have all been limited in some capacity over the last few years. Even Nathan Eovaldi has previously proven himself as a reliable bullpen arm in the past.
And the Sox will need help there since we tricked them into thinking Adam Ottavino would help.
Imagine Mad Max’s energy in Boston? On a revitalized Red Sox team thanks to the return of Alex Cora? Helping aid a fierce rival in derailing yet another hopeful championship season for the Yankees?
We truly hate to give it any thought, but, at the very least, perhaps general manager Brian Cashman will be a bit more alarmed after not making trades at the deadline the last two years. He can’t let something catastrophic like this happen.