The Washington Nationals have been looking for ways to tweak their lineup ever since key injuries occurred to OF Bryce Harper and 3B Ryan Zimmerman earlier in the season. Both are back now, but the lineup is in a continual state of change.
The ongoing troubles with Zimmerman’s shoulder have caused him to be a liability when it comes to making a throw across the diamond. Because of this, Anthony Rendon has slid into the third base spot from time to time.
The Nationals have not been outspoken about any potential trades before the MLB trade deadline, but they have reportedly spoken to the Arizona Diamondbacks about infielders Aaron Hill and Martin Prado. Both players would bring versatility to the Nationals’ defensive lineup. Hill has been playing great in recent weeks and Prado is a reliable hitter and fielder. In his nine season in the majors, Prado is batting for a .291 average.
The two players have salaries in the $4-5 million range, so the Diamondbacks would need teams to be highly motivated to make a potential trade happen.
As it stands, Danny Espinosa is getting the most time at second base for the Nationals. Espinosa is a switch hitter who is an excellent defensive player. Zimmerman has also been consistent at the plate lately, raising his season average to over .280. The Nationals, who remain in first place in the National League East, are not is desperate need of any trade. Adding a skilled infielder like Hill or Prado would be a bonus, but it might be difficult to make happen within the next two weeks.