By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on May 31, 2014
The Washington Nationals are playing better baseball as of late, but that does not mean they still cannot improve their roster every season. I do not anticipate them making five trades at the deadline, but these could be the players who are on the hot seat. The following are just my five best guesses, but the future is still untold.
The second baseman out of Houston has not had a fantastic year hitting the ball (.255 BA, 35 strikeouts), and I wonder whether the Nationals could move him for another power bat. I know he puts up decent RBI numbers, but the offense needs more home run hitters with Bryce Harper still out with injury. They have just really struggled to score runs at times, but the return of Ryan Zimmerman to the lineup is huge.
McLouth is the kind of player who makes you miss Michael Morse. He has not played that much, but I still think they could find a better player to fill in for his production. His slugging percentage of .272 is quite embarrassing, and for him to have my support I am going to need to see more from him in the future.
The catcher position is always interesting on a baseball team, because you never know when one of your star pitchers likes throwing to a certain guy. To me, Wilson Ramos makes Sandy Leon a little bit redundant, and I think they could move him for another piece.
His 5.61 ERA has not been great, and there might not even be a market for him out there. If the Nationals plan to lean on Jordan in the playoffs, then they could end up being sorely disappointed. It might be safer to see what they can get for him, and we will just have to see if there is any interest in his services.
The numbers have not been pretty. His 5.01 ERA is rough, but it is the lack of strikeouts that is even more disturbing. Who knows if any of the these moves will end up being made, but you can bet the DMV is ready for another year of postseason baseball.
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