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What are the chances the Astros trade for Max Scherzer?

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of a double header at Nationals Park on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of a double header at Nationals Park on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Is there a possibility the Astros could trade for Washington ace Max Scherzer?

Now that we know the Astros will be seeking pitching help leading up to the trade deadline, there are several names being mentioned as possible targets. One name I’m seeing put forth by fans is a big one — Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

It’s hard not to salivate at the thought of adding Scherzer to the top of the Astros rotation alongside Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. This would give the Astros an incredible trio of aces and make them instant World Series favorites. In fact, with all due respect to Verlander, Scherzer may be the best pitcher on the planet at this point.

The Astros could have Scherzer and Verlander go 1-2 in the rotation, with Cole as the third starter and Wade Miley as the fourth. This would push Brad Peacock to the bullpen once the playoffs roll around, giving A.J. Hinch a multi-inning weapon to have at his disposal.

Combine that with the depth the Astros have at the back end of the bullpen and you have the makings of the game’s best pitching staff. That incredible rotation backed up by the likes of Will Harris, Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna could lead the Astros to a second title.

However, acquiring Scherzer will have several obstacles, and there’s a question as to whether he would even be available in the first place.

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