Nats who could be traded before deadline
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo recently said he is looking to acquire starting pitching and “two-way” position players before the non-waiver trade deadline, which is July 31st.
Below is a list of current Nationals players Rizzo could trade to get what he wants.
Roger Bernadina, CF — Some key members of the Nationals organization see Bernadina as a corner outfielder, but with Bryce Harper possibly coming to the big leagues as early as next year, one wonders if there is any room for Bernadina. Harper is expected to start his big-league career in left field.
Sean Burnett, LHP — As recently as two weeks ago, the Yankees had their eyes on Burnett, but it seems hard to believe the Nationals would trade him because manager Davey Johnson said he would like to have two lefties out of the bullpen.
Tyler Clippard, RHP — Opposing teams are interested in Clippard — and for good reason. He is clearly Washington’s best reliever. However, Rizzo has to be blown away to trade the right-hander. A quality leadoff hitter and a starting pitcher would be nice in exchange for Clippard.
Todd Coffey, RHP — Teams like the Rangers have had their eyes on Coffey for quite some time, however, since June 1, Coffey has allowed 11 runs in 15 2/3 innings.
Tom Gorzelanny, LHP -– When he is on, Gorzelanny will get a lot of strikeouts. When he struggles, the ball goes out of the park most of the time.
Ian Desmond, SS — He has been outstanding defensively, but has struggled mightily at the plate. The Nationals have a Plan B if Desmond continues to struggle. They would promote Steve Lombardozzi to the big league to play to second base and move Danny Espinosa from second to shortstop, his original position.
Jerry Hairston Jr., INF, OF — His best work came while filling in for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who missed more than two months of the season because of abdominal problems. A playoff team could use Hairston for its bench.
Livan Hernandez, RHP — If a team needs a pitcher with playoff experience, Hernandez is the guy. There are days when he is unhittable and other days when he is throwing batting practice.
Jesus Flores, C — Opposing teams look at Flores as a project. After missing almost two years of action because of a shoulder injury, Flores still looks rusty. Scouts believe he doesn’t have the arm strength to throw out opposing base stealers.
Jason Marquis, RHP — Marquis said he would like to stay with the Nationals and get a multi-year deal. But with Chien-Ming Wang, Stephen Strasburg and Brad Peacock on the way, one has to believe Marquis will be one of the first to be dealt before the deadline.
Laynce Nix, OF/1B — His value is higher than ever. For the first time in his career, Nix is playing every day and is the second best hitter on the team behind Michael Morse. Nix also is an above average outfielder
Ivan Rodriguez, C — He is eligible to come off the disabled list late this week. The question is, does Pudge have enough in the tank to help a playoff contender? Behind the plate? Yes. As a hitter, Rodriguez has a .214 betting average with two homers and 19 RBIs.