Max Scherzer won't be shipping up to Boston.
The Washington Nationals are finalizing a deal to send the three-time Cy Young award winner to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with shortstop Trea Turner, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The Red Sox were rumored to be among the teams interested in Scherzer ahead of Friday's MLB trade deadline.
Scherzer, who's set to be a free agent after the 2021 season, turned 37 years old on Tuesday. The right-hander remains one of the game's most dominant pitchers, going 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 0.89 WHIP through 19 starts this season.
L.A. adds a bonafide ace to an already-stellar rotation consisting of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, and David Price. Trevor Bauer remains on administrative leave due to an ongoing sexual assault case.
The San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays were in the mix for Scherzer along with the Dodgers and Red Sox, per reports. The Padres were rumored to be close to a deal for Scherzer earlier in the day, but it appears the Dodgers' package was just too good for Washington to pass up.