The Washington Nationals don’t have too many players on the trading block moving toward the MLB trade deadline, but one player getting some attention from the trade rumors is left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler. On the season, Detwiler boasts a 3.79 ERA through 40.1 innings pitched. He’s found a home in the Nationals’ bullpen after flirting with being a starter earlier in his career.
In 2012, Detwiler won 10 games for the Nationals with a 3.40 ERA. Last season, though, Detwiler missed a significant amount of time due to a pinched nerve in his back. The injury turned the left-hander from a starter to a long relief pitcher.
The Nationals have no obvious needs coming into the trade deadline. They are not openly shopping any player, but Detwiler’s name has been thrown around as someone who is available. Detwiler would be attractive to a team in need of a fifth starting pitcher option or a long reliever. While his game has been respectable, he is not essential to the Nationals’ pitching staff and the team could part ways with him.
Detwiler’s recent pitching has made him more attractive to potential suitors. In his last 17 innings pitched, he has a 2.12 ERA and has had some shinning moments for the Nationals. If teams are looking at any Nationals pitcher beyond Detwiler, they will have to offer up something big as the team remains one of the best in terms of overall ERA in the majors. Pitching has been the foundation for the Nationals through the first half of the season, and they will be relying on it down the stretch.