Nats listening on all but Soto 'at right price'

July 27th, 2021

Having won just five games since July 1, the Nationals appear to officially be in sell mode at the Trade Deadline.

A source told's Mark Feinsand that the Nationals are informing teams that anybody on the roster other than Juan Soto can be had at the right price. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman previously reported that Trea Turner is included in the available players due to the club's lack of traction on extension attempts.

Several teams have been in touch with the Nationals about Turner, sources tell the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. While a trade involving the 28-year-old remains unlikely before the Deadline this Friday at 4 p.m. ET, the club has not appeared to rule it out completely due to the lack of an extension. Turner will be a free agent at the end of the 2023 season.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Turner declined to sign an extension last spring before Francisco Lindor inked a $341 million deal with the Mets. Lindor may be a bigger name, but Turner has proven to be a better player, ranking second to the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. in fWAR among position players since the beginning of 2020 (Lindor is tied for 51st).

Max Scherzer does not intend to exercise his 10-5 rights to veto a trade out of Washington, sources told the Post's Jesse Dougherty. While the Nationals did not appear eager to move Scherzer earlier in the season, with multiple contenders seeking rotation help, they could reconsider for the right offer. Scherzer is in the final year of a seven-year, $191.4 million contract.

If Washington does decide to move some of its top trade chips, it would have a dramatic effect on the pitching market.

Specifically, the Mets intend to call the Nationals to inquire about three-time Cy Young Award winner Scherzer before Friday's Deadline as part of their wide-ranging search for pitching, according to an SNY report this weekend. Would the Nats trade the star right-hander to a division rival? It appears the Mets will find out soon.

Though Scherzer was scratched from his last scheduled start due to triceps discomfort, an MRI showed no structural damage and he remains one of the most tantalizing names on the trade market.

One of the biggest mysteries of this year’s Trade Deadline has been what the Nationals plan to do, but after a fifth straight loss on Monday night, the club had a 1.0% chance of reaching the postseason according to FanGraphs’ playoff odds.

Washington has a pair of top relievers on expiring contracts in Brad Hand and Daniel Hudson who could draw significant interest in addition to Scherzer's likelihood of being traded.

According to reports from's Jon Paul Morosi and the Athletic's Jim Bowden, the Nats are having trade talks involving Hand and Hudson, and the Blue Jays are among the teams that have inquired about both. The Brewers also are searching for relief help, general manager Matt Arnold said Sunday on MLB Network Radio, although it's unknown if they are pursuing Hand or Hudson.

Impending free agents such as Scherzer, Hand, Hudson and infielder Josh Harrison are the Nats’ most likely trade candidates.