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Nationals not thinking about trading Max Scherzer ‘right now,’ general manager says

Max Scherzer appears like he’ll remain with the Nationals for at least a little while longer.

During an interview with The Athletic this week, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo addressed recent reports that indicated the team could consider moving the 34-year-old ace if it did not work its way back into playoff contention.

“We’re certainly not thinking about that right now,” Rizzo said. “We control the best pitcher in baseball for 2 1/2 more years – three playoff runs. He’s extremely well-priced. If you look at his contract, he’s extremely, extremely well-priced. We would have to command something that would be franchise-altering to consider moving him.”

Scherzer has registered a 5-5 record with a 2.81 ERA in 15 starts so far this season. He has struck out 136 and walked 20 in 99 1/3 innings on the mound.

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