It has been rumored for months that the Nationals have been looking into acquiring BJ Upton, and just recently it has been revealed that the Rays have interesting in Ian Desmond. It is my belief that a swap of the two (with varying prospects on both sides) would be beneficial for both clubs.
I'll be upfront with you, as a Nationals fan, I never really liked the idea of a BJ Upton trade for the Nationals until just recently, but now I can see now why a deal for BJ Upton could be a great deal for the Nationals. I also now see why the Rays acquiring Ian Desmond could be just as beneficial for Tampa Bay.
Both players have struggled to live up to their potential, with Upton doing it over a significantly longer period of time.
Both players are also well under 30 and have seriously deep potential and possess multiple "tools", such as speed, defense and arm strength.
Here are my 5 reasons that a Desmond, Upton swap would be a win-win for both teams: