Boston Red Sox

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park on July 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Do the Red Sox and Chaim Bloom have their eyes set on a blockbuster move before Friday’s MLB Trade Deadline? A new report suggests they could be in competition to land one of, if not the top player expected to be dealt this year.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reported the Red Sox are one of eight teams “known to be in on Max Scherzer.” The other teams include the Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Rays, Blue Jays, Astros, and Mets. In addition, Scherzer would likely veto a trade to the Yankees, per Stark.

At 37-years-old (Tuesday is actually his birthday), Scherzer is having a near-career year for the Washington Nationals. In 18 starts this season he’s recorded a 2.83 and WHIP of just .886, with 142 strikeouts to just 25 walks. He has a 7-4 record for the 45-54 Nats.

Between the number of teams pursing him and his high level of play, Scherzer likely won’t come cheap – even as a rental. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has said leading up to the deadline the team’s plan is to balance this season with the overall future outlook, but they may need to stray from that plan if they want to land the three-time Cy Young winner.

The Red Sox pursuit of Scherzer comes as the team’s starting pitching appears to be turning the corner. After a rough month of June, Boston starters have recorded a collective 3.94 ERA over the last 30 days, which ranks second in the American League in that span.

Scherzer isn’t the only star who was linked to the Red Sox on Tuesday. There was also a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have discussed a potential deal involving first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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