MLB Trade Rumors: Five Washington Nationals on the Block in 2014

MLB Rumors: 5 Washington Nationals Who Could Be Traded

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The Washington Nationals have been hit by injuries to key players early this season, so it may take awhile for them to be active on the trade market as their organizational depth gets tested.

That said, here are five Nationals I think could be on the move when July’s trade deadline gets closer.

5. OF Scott Hairston

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5. OF Scott Hairston

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Hairston is currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain, but if he can get healthy the veteran outfielder may draw interest on the trade market as other teams look to bolster their bench. The Nationals have a viable replacement in Tyler Moore, so they would surely take calls about Hairston.

4. RP Tyler Clippard

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4. RP Tyler Clippard

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Clippard has struggled a bit early this season (5.40 ERA over 6.2 innings), but his track record as one of the best set-up men in baseball over the last few years should still have teams making calls about him when the trade deadline approaches.

3. RP Drew Storen

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3. RP Drew Storen

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Storen has a 43-save season under his belt (2011), but he was eventually demoted to Triple-A last season before returning to the big leagues and finishing strong (1.40 ERA over his final 21 appearances. A solid start to this season, with a 1.59 ERA over six appearances, may rekindle trade rumors surrounding Storen.

2. 2B Danny Espinosa

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2. 2B Danny Espinosa

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With third baseman Ryan Zimmerman out for 4-6 weeks and Anthony Rendon shifting over from second base to take his place, Espinosa is in line to start again. He was productive in both 2011 (21 home runs, 17 RBI) and 2012 (17 home runs, 20 stolen bases), so other teams will have their eye on how Espinosa performs over the next several weeks with regular playing time and better health.

1. 1B Adam LaRoche

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1. 1B Adam LaRoche

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Before Zimmerman went down with a thumb issue on Saturday, he was again bothered by a shoulder issue that spurred talk of moving him to first base. If the Nationals move Zimmerman across the diamond when he returns to action, LaRoche would then become a potential trade chip.

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