To say it’s been a disappointing first half for the Washington Nationals would be an accurate statement.
Despite being in second place in the National League East, the Nationals sit a game below .500 at 37-38, not a record they expected to have after finishing with the best record in baseball last year.
Like many other struggling teams, the Nationals have had their fair share of injuries but with everybody getting relatively healthy, the Nats are looking to gear up for a second half run.
According to the Daily News, no team has been hitting the phones harder than the Nationals who have called ‘everybody’ looking to make a trade:
One rival executive said that while trade talk around the league remains mostly quiet and preliminary, as is typical with more than a month to go before the deadline, Washington has emerged as the most aggressive team. “They’re calling everybody, trying to do something,” the exec said. “They’re looking for pitching, and they’re being really aggressive.”
Two of the most attractive starting pitchers on the market are Bud Norris of the Houston Astros and Ricky Nolasco of the Miami Marlins, though, multiple teams have expressed interest and the bidding for each is expected to only get higher as the MLB trade deadline nears.