Washington Nationals: Should they stick, twist or fold?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals walks back to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on June 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals walks back to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on June 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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JUNE 18 – WASHINGTON: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals celebrates a win with Daniel Murphy #20 after game one of a doubleheader against the New Yankees at Nats Park on 18th June in Washington. Game one is the completion of a game that was suspended on May 15th due to rain. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Twist

This is certainly the boldest move the Washington Nationals could make in the lead up to the deadline. And depending on how Mike Rizzo views their chances of rebounding, he could add to his team.

The Nationals will likely still keep Juan Soto and Victor Robles untouchable, no matter the player. But pieces like Carter Kieboom, Luis Garcia, and Yasel Antuna are names to watch.

Would Rizzo be prepared to severely deplete his farm system for a J.T. Realmuto type? Unlikely. But going out to acquire say a Jonathan Lucroy or Wilson Ramos at the deadline would still be a splash.

To go along with a shiny new catcher, another starting pitcher to replace Tanner Roark or Jeremy Hellickson in the rotation wouldn’t go amiss. Perhaps a Cole Hamels type, or even Chris Archer if they wanted to package him with Ramos.

And to top it off, you can never have too many bullpen arms these days. So perhaps a trade for Craig Stammen as a true long-man with versatility would top off a championship caliber roster.

In reality, they may well only make one or two of these moves, but a marquee addition would be a big signal of intent.

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