The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching with the non-waiver trade deadline coming later this week.
The Washington Nationals reportedly had a scout in attendance to watch the Boston Red Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay last weekend. While the Nationals have few to no holes in their team, they have expressed interest in improving their already deep bullpen. In terms of pitching, the Nationals have been entertaining the idea of adding relievers to the bullpen.
Relief pitchers Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara are both performing well on a not so great Red Sox team this season. Uehara is even recording an earned run average of 1.51 through more than 47 innings of pitching. He is also 5-2 on the year. Miller is posting a respectable 2.45 ERA through 40-plus innings.
Either Miller or Uehara would fit in well with the Nationals’ bullpen. Both have WHIPs under one and rarely walk batters. If the Nationals are in fact in the market for relievers, the Red Sox may be willing to make a deal given that the team is 11 games back in the AL East.
An acquisition of a strong reliever would send a big message to the rest of the NL East. The Nationals are in a tight race with the Atlanta Braves for the division title and a big move this week could give the team an extra boost down the stretch.