Max Scherzer
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is reportedly going to do “whatever it takes” to land National right-hander Max Scherzer.

With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is doing what he can to improve the roster. There have been talks of trades for rentals such as Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler, who will both become free agents this upcoming offseason.

However, the one guy that Cashman is going to go all-in on to land is Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. The veteran pitcher is 6-5 this season with a 2.62 ERA through 16 starts.

John Harper of SNY writes, “One Yankee source says Cashman would do ‘whatever it takes’ to get Max Scherzer, who has two more years on his contract, but the consensus opinion around baseball is that the Nationals won’t make him available, especially after his broken-nose gem on Wednesday that added to his legacy in Washington, D.C.”

However, the Nationals don’t seem willing to trade Scherzer at all.

Harper stated that someone within the National organization told him “Even if (GM Mike) Rizzo wanted to do it, ownership wouldn’t let him. They want Scherzer to be their first Hall-of-Famer.”

The Yankees would be adding a phenomenal asset to a rotation that already includes Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia. They could also acquire Bumgarner or Wheeler before the deadline as well, which would be a scary group of starting pitchers for opposing ballclubs.

Many believe Scherzer is a future Hall of Famer, as is Sabathia.

Along with that rotation, the Bombers have one of the more dominant lineups in the majors. With big bats such as Edwin Encarnacion, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge, the Bombers have the talent to pull away with the AL East crown when the postseason rolls around in October.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.