The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone for Major League Baseball, and the Washington Nationals 40-man roster hasn’t changed much from yesterday. Things could be worse for the Nats, who have the best record in MLB at the deadline.
The Nats hadn’t been seriously tied to anyone significant for a few weeks, and it turns out that GM Mike Rizzo was satisfied with the team on the field and in the dugout. Nats Manager Davey Johnson had publicly stated he was satisfied with the current make up of the team and didn’t expect the team to make any big moves.
This week, the Nats should get two significant guys back, and it will be like a huge move was made once they start to contribute. Goon Squad member Chad Tracy has already been activated from the DL and will serve as the Nats go-to pinch hitter in late innings. Tracy was remarkable off the bench until he was sent to the DL a few months back. He hopes to contribute in the same way as the Nats make their playoff push.
Jayson Werth is also due back soon as he finished a rehab stint to recover from his broken left wrist. Werth, the former All-Star and middle of the lineup guy, will provide an additional jolt to the Nats lineup again in right field, and the outfield of Michael Morse, Bryce Harper, and Werth is what many have dreamed of since Harper’s call up.
The Nats were in a unique position this year, because they weren’t sellers at the deadline. In previous years, contending clubs looked to pick some guys off the Nats roster, but at this point, no one was even asking. This team has come a long way, and the fact that nothing happened from the front office today shows that.