The Dodgers and Nationals finalized their six-player blockbuster trade on Friday. Max Scherzer and Trea Turner are now with Los Angeles, with Washington getting catcher Keibert Ruiz, pitchers Josiah Gray and Gerardo Carrillo, and minor league outfielder Donovan Casey.
Turner was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Thursday, two days after he was pulled from a game after testing positive. His timetable for return is unclear, since the COVID-19 IL has no 10-day minimum, but certain protocols must be met with the player in quarantine, including multiple negative tests before he can be activated.
Removing Gray, Ruiz, and Carrillo from the Dodgers’ 40-man roster while adding Scherzer and Turner leaves one open spot, which will be useful either for shortstop Corey Seager to be activated from the 60-day injured list or if any other trades are made before Friday’s 1 p.m. PT deadline.
While on the COVID-19 injured list, Turner doesn’t technically count toward the 40-man roster, so that could create some temporary flexibility should other moves get made.
From DC to LA.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 30, 2021
Welcome to the best coast, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner! pic.twitter.com/HTd1kV6stA
On Thursday, the Dodgers traded for left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy and cash considerations, with a player to be named later headed to the Royals. Outfielder DJ Peters was designated for assignment to create 40-man space for Duffy.