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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo's inactivity at deadline could prove to be a shrewd move.
The Washington Nationals were another team that made absolutely no moves leading up to the trade deadline, leaving many to speculate about what GM Mike Rizzo has up his sleeve.
Some thought that Rizzo would try to go after depth for the starting rotation, given the fact that star pitcher Stephen Strasburg could be shut down at some point in September when he reaches a pre-determined innings limit.
Others speculated that maybe a reliever was in order, considering the health of Henry Rodriguez and the recent return of Drew Storen.
Still others speculated on infield help, given the oblique injury suffered by shortstop Ian Desmond.
But Rizzo stood pat. So, what's the deal?
For Rizzo, it was simply a case of liking what he already has and not rocking the boat (via The Washington Times):
All along we said we like who we are, we like where we’re at, and we like the composition of the roster. We didn’t see a whole lot of holes to fill. It’s not about complacency. It’s about making good, sound decisions. Not taking the short route with rental players that could [cost] us long-term.
Sometimes, the best moves are the ones never made.
In the Nationals' case, John Lannan has already provided two excellent spot starts and can step into the rotation if and when Strasburg is shut down. Danny Espinosa has stepped in and filled in admirably at shortstop in the absence of Desmond, and Jayson Werth's return to the field after missing significant time with a broken wrist was like a deadline transaction in itself.
By making no moves at all, Rizzo looks like a genius.
The offseason will no doubt see some natural movement, but it made no sense for Rizzo to sacrifice current chemistry.