We're in the final stretch before the trade deadline, and the Washington Nationals are in a very peculiar position—certainly a position they did not anticipate when the season began.
After 100 games this season, the Nationals are sitting in third place in the NL East and have a sub-.500 record of 48-52.
That record puts them in an interesting position regarding whether they are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. The Nationals organization seems to not be sure yet either.
Ross Detwiler's DL stint is making things even more confusing for the Nationals.
Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com tweeted "Davey says Detwiler's injury doesn't make #Nats more likely to trade for starter by July 31. Not interested in rental pitcher."
General manager Mike Rizzo was quoted by ESPN.com as saying, "We could be buyers and we could be sellers" come the trade deadline.
We have to believe anything is possible for the Nationals at this point, so let's check in on some potential moves and whether they are leaning more toward fact or fiction.