Washington Nationals: Top Five All-Time Non-Waiver Trades

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Jun 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo (L) looks on before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With the trade deadline being a day away, I give you my top five Washington Nationals non-waiver trades since 2005

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals were able to acquire closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn. Melancon is the second closer the Washington Nationals have traded for in the last two seasons (Jonathan Papelbon in 2015).

With the non-waiver trade deadline now less than a week away, we thought we would take a look back at some of the trades the Washington Nationals have made since they moved to Washington D.C. since 2005.

One trade that isn’t on this list I wanted to touch on occurred in 2008 when the Nats sent reliever Jon Rauch to the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio played in 41 games for the Nats, but he was one of the players that went to the Marlins in November for Josh Willingham (40 home runs in two years with the Nats).

It remains to be seen how the Melancon deal will turn out, but the Washington Nationals and their fans are hoping that it vaults into the top five in the future if Melancon can provide the stability in the ninth inning that helps the Nats get to October baseball and to make a run in the postseason.

So, without further ado, here is my top five non-waiver trades (in season) in Washington Nationals history. Be sure to share what you think is the best trade the Nats have made in their history.

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