Washington Nationals’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Washington Nationals Top 5 Trade Assets

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The Washington Nationals currently find themselves in second place in the National League East. Trailing the Atlanta Braves by just six games, Washington is looking to make a World Series run in 2013.

Last season, their run was cut short by the St. Louis Cardinals even though the Nationals were proud owners of the best record in all of baseball at 98-64. They're hoping this season is different.

Prior to the beginning of the 2012 season, manager Davey Johnson stated that he had an inning limit for young flamethrower Stephen Strasburg. He wanted to do something that would help the righty in the long run and he said he'd sit him no matter where the Nationals were in the standings. Well, the skipper stayed true to his word and sat Strasburg with weeks left in their season.

The Nationals suffered a bit in the playoffs without their budding star. However, 2013 is a new year, and the Nationals are on pace to be playoff-bound once again.

Bryce Harper has been the man for this team in his limited time due to an injury to his knee. He's hit 13 homers, but his RBIs numbers are a bit low.

Besides Harper and Ian Desmond, the Nationals are one of the worst offensive teams in baseball, ranking in the bottom five in many offensive categories. However, their pitching staff in one of the best in baseball, ranking in the top-10 in many major categories.

If the Nationals are to make a run this season, they will need to add pieces to their puzzle. Who are their top trade assets?

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5. Jayson Werth, RF

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Jayson Werth seems to be the subject of trade talks nearly every season. The 34-year-old outfielder could add a solid veteran bat to any team looking. He's hitting .288 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs.

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4. Anthony Rendon, 2B

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Rookie second baseman Anthony Rendon has been solid in his role as the team's starter since getting the call-up. The 23-year-old infielder is hitting .297 with three homers, 12 RBIs and a .350 on-base percentage.

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3. Tyler Clippard, RP

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Tyler Clippard has been the go-to guy when the eighth inning rolls around. Teams will be looking for a reliable setup guy come trade time and he may just be it.

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2. Rafael Soriano, Closer

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Closers are a hot commodity and ones with a 2.19 ERA and 24 saves are even better. However, a team that's contending will not trade their closer, so too bad for the rest of the teams looking.

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1. Dan Haren, SP

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Dan Haren had been a solid starter for his first 10 years in the majors. He's having a rough year thus far, but could be a solid fifth starter addition to any team and I wouldn't doubt that the Nationals want to unload him.

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