Since Mike Rizzo became general manager, the Washington Nationals have entered the trade deadline in various forms. They have been a mess, a work in progress, a juggernaut in the making and, this season, a letdown. As the state of the team has fluctuated, Rizzo's approach to late July has remained steady. He views potential deals on how they will alter the Nationals' future, never through a binary buyer-or-seller lens.
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