The MLB trade deadline for non-waiver players isn’t until July 31, but it is never too soon to speculate as to which players will be on the move this summer.
While a few teams will be shopping for a player to plug a gaping hole as they ready themselves for a postseason run, others will be selling their big-name players as they start to lay the groundwork for next season.
The Nats, who are not used to leading the division, find themselves in a rare position: Buyers.
Washington has one of the league’s best pitching rotations led by Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, who have combined for 13 wins so far on the season.
However, Strasburg, Gonzalez and the rest of the Nats’ rotation would benefit from a little bit more run support, as Washington’s offense tends to struggle at times. The Nationals’ front office could be on the look out for a big bat on the market this summer.
With 52 of the team’s 162 games already played, the Nats want to keep their hot streak going. In order to do so, Washington may have to bring in the missing piece of the puzzle via trade.