Teams will target Washington Nationals’ left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler as the trade deadline approaches. The question is: what incentive will the Nationals have to trade a quality pitcher like him, especially since they are in the thick of a playoff race?
It will certainly change the complexion of any potential trade, because the Nationals are not necessarily looking to restock their farm system. That’s not to say that the Nationals do not value having depth in their farm system, just that it would not necessarily be a high priority for them in a mid-season deal.
Detwiler currently pitches out of the bullpen but there is a belief that he could pitch as a starter for teams that aren’t as stockpiled with arms as the Nationals. With that in mind Jon Heyman of CBS passes along the following tidbit.
ross detwiler could be of interest as a trade target for teams. pitching well in relief for #nats but could start for most.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 2, 2014
In order for the Nationals to trade Detwiler, a lefty with plus stuff, they would have to receive talent that can help them right now or that is close to being able to help. Otherwise, pending an overwhelming deal, there would seem to be no reason to send a quality arm out of town, even if there is no room for him in the rotation at the present moment.
As far as the list of teams that would look at Detwiler as an upgrade in the rotation, there are probably too many to list. It will be interesting to see if talks involving Detwiler gain any momentum.