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Despite a disappointing .500 record, it's clear that the Washington Nationals are nowhere near considering being sellers at the trade deadline.
In fact, manager Davey Johnson sounds like a man committed to making upgrades for the here and now.
In speaking with Bill Ladson of MLB.com last week, Johnson was keen on seeing what general manager Mike Rizzo would do to give his team a better chance for a postseason spot, despite having what he believes is enough talent to get the job done.
It's about the guys doing the things they are capable of. One of the areas that we have very little depth in is starting pitching. But after this year, going into next year, some of our young starters will be knocking on the door. So as far as making a move -- picking up somebody at least for the short term -- I don't think that's in our plans, because I think we have enough talent here and enough coming that we wouldn't do that.
But I'm sure [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] is looking into everything. I'm sure if anything becomes available that would help us, he will be on it.
With Dan Haren struggling mightily and Ross Detwiler still banged up, per James Wagner of The Washington Post, the focus would appear to be the rotation. While they may be peeking around in looking for an upgrade, the Nationals are also committed to a farm system they believe gives them plenty of depth, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.
Rentals seem to be out of the equation, but not making a move could prove to be their undoing.
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