The Washington Nationals are in a difficult position as the major league baseball season nears the midway point, followed shortly after that by the trade deadline.
With the dominance of the National League Central, it appears that it is going to be difficult for the Nationals to rely on a wild-card berth. This means that the Nationals need to pull out all of the stops if they want to leap-frog the Atlanta Braves in the NL East this season.
The Nationals are in a difficult spot because they appear to have a lineup that is set up for success, barring injury.
Let's take a look at a few of the most important areas that should be addressed as the trade deadline draws near. Here are a couple of names that should be on the Nats' radar.