Jul 27, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) and catcher Christian Vazquez (55) hug after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Nats eyeing Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller?

The Washington Nationals could make a move for some bullpen help ahead of the deadline, and a pair of Boston Red Sox relievers are reportedly on their radar screen.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post had this to say about the Nats’ recent scouting in Boston:

The Nationals have been monitoring the Red Sox, who already traded starter Jake Peavy and at 48-57 stand 10 1/2 games out of first in the AL East. Per FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals had a scout in attendance for the Rays-Red Sox series in Tampa this weekend. That scout was just on his usual coverage. But the Nationals also had one of their top evaluators in Boston the previous weekend when the Red Sox were playing the Royals.

Jon Lester was on the mound when the Nationals scouted Boston, but Kilgore believes the Nats were looking at relievers Koji Uehara and Andrew Miller, and not the ace lefty starter.

Like Lester, both Uehara and Miller are free agents after the season, making them likely trade bait as the Red Sox seek to get a return for players they may not re-sign.

The 39-year-old Uehara is having another dominating season for Boston, with a 5-2 record, 1.51 ERA and 21 saves in 46 appearances. The lefty Miller, who is also believed to be on the Braves’ watch list, has a 2.45 ERA in 48 appearances with 65 strikeouts and a 0.942 WHIP.

Either player would be a great addition to the Nats’ bullpen.

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