When the Dodgers went out and got Max Scherzer at the deadline this year, the assumption was that an extension might be following. After all, rumors had surfaced in the weeks leading up to the deadline that Scherzer would need an extension from any team to approve a trade.
But that extension talk seems to have disappeared as the Dodgers head toward the end of the regular season. In the final month, there is no indication that any of those talks have taken place at all.
Entering his 6th start with the Dodgers on Wednesday night, Scherzer has been lights out. He’s the guy that you want around for the next few years. But he asked about his future in Los Angeles by am570 this week, he seemed to duck the question a little bit.
The best part is, I don’t have to answer that. There was an element that I could have used the trade deadline as an extension talk, but for me, I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want to make it like free agency at the deadline. I just wanted – If I was going to get traded – to go to another team and just try to win.
To be fair, it would be very odd for a player of his caliber to show his hand and say that he wants to be back with the Dodgers. So while he hasn’t flat out said that he would like to return, that doesn’t make it any less true.
The Dodgers have a lot to figure out in their rotation headed into next year, and a lot rides on how the Trevor Bauer situation plays out. But they will also be missing Dustin May for a large chunk of the year and will likely bring back Clayton Kershaw on a new deal.
Adding Scherzer into the mix for the next couple of years is probably the right move. But they won’t be the only team interested in signing him.