Sometimes crazy things happen in a Major League Baseball season and without a doubt the Washington Nationals being sellers at the trade deadline seems crazy on the surface. That is just on the surface however. If you look a little deeper, selling could be a very good choice for this team right now. Nats fans that are irritated already at this idea should continue reading to find out what I am talking about. It’s not a fire-sale I am talking about.
I realize there will be Nationals fans that read this that probably will already be mad at the idea of selling but we aren’t talking about sending big timers packing. I don’t even mean trying to find a place for Adam LaRoache or anyone on the offensive side of the baseball. The fact of the matter is that this team is right at 9 games out of first place and they need to think about maximizing some value.
Of course there is no way they would trade Bryce Harper or any other promising stars but there are a few relievers that could help other teams who would likely be dealt soon anyway. Rafael Soriano, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard all are relievers rumored to possibly be on the way out this winter anyway. If the Nats could get a trade done for any of these guys now, it wouldn’t cripple the team and it would add some value for guys they might already be about to lose. It makes good sense and it wouldn’t ruin their chance at an improbable comeback.