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Washington Nationals: 5 Players They Could Do Without in 2014

Washington Nationals: 5 Players They Can Do Without

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After a fairly slow start, and multiple key injuries, the Washington Nationals are currently leading a tightly-packed National League East where 5.5 games separates the entire division.

As the Nationals prepare for the stretch run of the season, here are five players they can do without.

5. C Sandy Leon

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5. C Sandy Leon

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Leon was sent back to Triple-A when Wilson Ramos was activated from the disabled list this week, and he hasn't contributed much this season for the Nationals any way (.169 batting average with three RBI).

4. RP Jerry Blevins

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4. RP Jerry Blevins

Jerry Blevins, Washington Nationals
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Blevins' 4.50 ERA over 34 appearances (28 innings) this season stands out like a sore thumb in Washington's bullpen, and he's trending the wrong way with four earned runs allowed over his last four appearances (3.2 innings). Even with a decidedly right-handed relief corp, the Nationals don't need Blevins that badly.

3. IF Kevin Frandsen

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3. IF Kevin Frandsen

Kevin Frandsen, Washington Nationals
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Frandsen's versatility has value, but with Bryce Harper (thumb) on track to return to action soon he doesn't offer enough offensively to keep a role on Washington's bench.

2. P Ross Detwiler

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2. P Ross Detwiler

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Detwiler has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this season, with a 4.36 ERA in 21 appearances. He has some value as potential fill-in starter, but Detwiler has only made five appearances this month and the Nationals may be able get something for him in a trade over the next few weeks.

1. OF Nate McLouth

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1. OF Nate McLouth

Nate McLouth, Washington Nationals
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McLouth had some value when injuries hampered Washington's lineup, but when Harper returns there will be at minimum five other players capable of filling at least one of the three outfield spots. Being a left-handed hitter may allow McLouth to hang onto a roster spot, but there's not much upside in keeping him around if everyone is healthy.