The Washington Nationals were expected to be major players on the MLB trade rumors market after starting pitcher Ross Detwiler went down with an injury in early July.
Detwiler is not expected back until near the end of the month, but the Nationals are apparently still not interested in making a trade to improve depth.
The report comes from Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post:
Detwiler’s continued lack of progress may push the Nationals to trade for a starting pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Some rival executives have expected the Nationals to seek a starting pitcher since Detwiler went on the DL on July 7.
Rizzo, though, said he needs to wait longer to evaluate Detwiler before he can make a decision on dealing for another starter.
“I want to make sure that I know where Detwiler is at, because that’s the most important thing,” Rizzo said. “If Detwiler is healthy, that helps me make any and all decisions we have to make.”
In other words, don’t expect much out of Washington before the deadline. The Nationals seem intent on seeing if Detwiler can get healthy rather than giving up a boatload in value to reinforce the pitching.
It’s a risk maneuver with the deadline approaching, but one that could pay dividends if Detwiler can get it together.
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