May 20, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) pitches during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Cincinnati Reds 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Washington Nationals trade away Ross Detwiler?

Given the sheer amount of injuries the Washington Nationals have suffered, they must be considering trading away Ross Detwiler in order to receive something more valuable. Originally, Detwiler was considered a very valuable piece of the Nationals bullpen, given his ability to start and go deep into games. However, with Tanner Roark and Blake Treinen both stepping up, Detwiler has now become expendable.

Despite many key pitchers, such as Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister, sustaining injuries, the Nationals have been carried by their pitching staff, currently boasting the fifth best team ERA in baseball.

The Nationals, who were vastly considered favourites to take the National League East title, currently sit three and a half games back of the Braves with a 24-25 record. With injuries to key players such as Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos among others, the lack of depth in the extremely talented Nationals roster has really been exposed.

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Given that Detwiler currently has no options left, and has been struggling this season, a trade makes sense. Many teams could use a number five starter, and Detwiler who is only owed $2.1 million could make for a brilliant low cost, low risk trade.

Detwiler hasn’t been at his best this year out of the bullpen. In 15 games thus far, Detwiler has gone 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA and a 13/13 strikeout to walk ratio. In 2012, Detwiler made 27 starts, and compiled a 3.40 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP with a winning record of 10-8. Over his career he has made 69 starts, and holds a career ERA of 3.87.

All in all, given his previous success and small contract, Detwiler could make for a great number five starter for any team.

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