Dodgers’ deal for Max Scherzer, Trea Turner makes repeat more possible

There are not any positive issues.

When the Padres went beginning pitcher wild within the offseason, layering Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell onto an already deep, gifted roster, San Diego felt prefer it would possibly simply overtake the Dodgers within the NL West. But Los Angeles responded by retaining Justin Turner, signing NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer and sending its payroll past $260 million.

It wasn’t simply the division. It was the National League. Maybe the entire sport. Dodgers or Padres, Padres or Dodgers.

But when the Giants accomplished successful two of three over the Dodgers on Thursday, it was upstart San Francisco that led the NL West by three video games. San Diego was additional out of first place (six video games), than it was forward of Cincinnati for the second wild card.

The Dodgers responded with one more transfer that amassed stars and — towards higher judgment — offered the sense they have been a positive factor: They fortified to attempt for a ninth straight NL West title and to grow to be the primary workforce for the reason that 1998-2000 three-peat Yankees to repeat.

Los Angeles was in agreement with Washington to obtain Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. That could be the most effective starter and the most effective place participant who can be moved on this commerce cycle going to the roster that already had probably the most expertise.

Max Scherzer and Trea Turner
Max Scherzer and Trea Turner
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The Dodgers’ blessing is depth in funds and prospects. They have one of many majors’ finest younger catchers in Will Smith and two of the most effective catching prospects in Keibert Ruiz and Diego Cartaya. So the Dodgers might mortgage Ruiz, who was typically seen as their high prospect.

In December 2018, Los Angeles did a mutual salary-dump deal with Cincinnati and but someway the mega-market workforce ended up with the 2 prospects within the commerce. One, Jeter Downs, was a key piece used final 12 months to accumulate Mookie Betts, who was central to the Dodgers successful their first World Series since 1988. The different, Josiah Gray, tucked in behind Ruiz as their second-best prospect and now additionally was going to Washington.

Two different prospects have been to be included, however the inclusion of Ruiz and Gray and the aggression to get each Scherzer and Turner felt like when the Cubs surrendered Gleyber Torres for just a few months of Aroldis Chapman. But Chicago had not gained a World Series in 108 years. The Dodgers gained one 10 months in the past.

But the Dodgers usually are not solely attempting to win consecutive World Series for the primary time in franchise historical past, they’re attempting to show the topic away from Bauer, the folly of signing him regardless of considerations about his make-up and the fallout now associated with his sexual assault case that may presumably result in him by no means taking part in for the Dodgers (or within the majors) once more.

At least on the mound, Scherzer is an apt web page flip for Bauer. The three-time Cy Young winner (who will now, amongst others, be teammates with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw) didn’t begin Saturday due to triceps discomfort. He did throw six audition innings Thursday in a matinee towards the Phillies, permitting one run to drop his ERA to 2.76 in his stroll 12 months.

Turner is presently out after testing optimistic for COVID-19. When he’s in, Turner would be a part of Betts in offering probably the most numerous, threatening 1-2 within the majors — each able to delivering common, energy and elite baserunning. Corey Seager, the common shortstop, has been out since mid-May with a hand fracture. He is predicted to return this weekend, which implies Turner doubtless performs second. But Seager is a free agent after this season, so the Dodgers have already got his alternative — Turner is a free agent after 2022.

The Dodger muscle flex comes with a ripple. What will the Giants do? They weren’t anticipated to crash the Padres/Dodger occasion, however they’ve. So do they go for Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel or Twins ace Jose Berrios? The Padres, maybe the largest shock to exceed the posh tax, could be a catastrophe in the event that they someway weren’t even a wild card. Which is why they pushed for Scherzer and now are gamers for Berrios. If the Mets have designs on doing more than attempting to win the NL East, do they really feel compelled to attempt to bulk up in anticipation that each one NL title roads in all probability will undergo Chavez Ravine?

Again, there are not any positive issues. But the Dodgers simply made themselves loads harder to beat.

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