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Nationals’ Max Scherzer closing in on major decision that could send him to Yankees, other potential trade suitors

Max Scherzer, Nationals, Yankees

The Washington Nationals have a microscopic chance to make the playoffs this season, which is only making the focus on Max Scherzer ahead of the MLB trade deadline become more intense. However, shipping Scherzer isn’t as simple as it sounds. For one, Scherzer has a full 10-5 rights, meaning he can veto any trade to a team he doesn’t want to play for — a privilege given to players who have played at least 10 years in the MLB with the last five on the same team.

But according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, the Nationals’ ace is open to not using that right should the Nats decide to trade him, though proper interpretations of this should still be observed within contextual boundaries. 

Context on Max Scherzer, according to those w/ knowledge of the situation: Scherzer doesn’t plan to use his 10-5 rights to veto a trade to remain in Washington. He’s open to moving. That said, he could use them to influence his destination if WSH has multiple offers on the table.

Max Scherzer has one more year left on his current contract with the Nationals, which he signed way back in 2015 — one that amounts to $210 million.

A team like the Yankees could definitely use someone like him right now to bolster their chances of joining the fray in the postseason. New York is 9.5 games behind in the Americal League East and sits fourth in the Wild Card chase in the AL.