The Stephen Strasburg innings dilemma continues to rage on as the stretch approaches and the postseason draws closer and closer. As the debate gains steam as to when Strasburg's season will end, the questions arise as to who will fill the void in the Washington Nationals' rotation.
Although Washington has a solid staff and a replacement to Strasburg in John Lannan, it would leave them a bit depleted when the playoffs begin. Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann are solid options in the playoffs, but having another ace could be the difference between simply making the playoffs and winning a World Series title.
There are plenty of pitching options at the deadline, some who are more reasonably priced replacements such as Matt Garza, and others whose contracts would cost significantly more. Either way, the addition of an ace would have the potential to bring a championship to D.C. in 2012.
The Nationals have never been afraid to spend money, and this year's deadline might be the perfect time to gamble with a contract in order to win.
The list of obtainable pitchers for the Nats begins with the most desirable but perhaps the toughest to bring to D.C. at the deadline, Cliff Lee.