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The San Diego Padres are close to trading for three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
Max Scherzer was the biggest name on the trade block and it now appears the Washington Nationals ace is heading to the San Diego Padres.
Ken Rosenthal reports a deal is close to being done between the Nationals and Padres for the three-time Cy Young Award winner. It became increasingly likely in the past few days that Scherzer would be moved and he would only accept a trade to a team on the West Coast. That left the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Padres as the leading candidates. All three are likely playoff teams with a shot at making and winning the World Series.
Jon Heyman tweets Scherzer still has veto rights so while the deal is close, he could say no, and open it up to the Dodgers or other candidates to swoop in.
Reactions from Nationals fans thanking Scherzer and joyful Padres fans flooded Twitter
Dodgers fans are upset about the balance of power being swung toward San Diego
And then there are some Dodgers fans who think Craig Kimbrel is a bigger need to shore up the back of the bullpen than adding Scherzer.
Scherzer, 37, is a free agent at the end of the year. He is 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts for the Nationals this year. He started the All-Star Game for the National League earlier this month.
The Padres are 5.5 games back of the Giants in the West but have a 5-game lead for the last Wild Card spot. Adding Scherzer means they are all-in on chasing the first World Series championship in franchise history with Fernando Tatis, Jr., Manny Machado, Yu Darvis and Blake Snell leading the way.