One of the Giants' biggest rivals in the NL West reportedly is close to adding an ace.
The San Diego Padres are close to acquiring pitcher Max Scherzer from the Washington Nationals, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday, citing sources.
However, Rosenthal reported that the deal is not finalized, and that other teams are hoping to top the Padres' offer.
The Giants, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, were among the favorites to land Scherzer, but it looks like he'll be heading to San Diego instead.
As of this writing, the Giants lead the Dodgers by two games in the NL West and the Padres by 5.5 games.
Scherzer, 37, is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and remains one of the best pitchers in baseball. In 19 starts with the Nationals this season, he has an 8-4 record with a 2.76 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.