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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PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 13: Mark Reynolds #14 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by Pedro Severino #29 after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 13th in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Which should the Nats do?

In terms of which option the Washington Nationals go with this season, it all depends on the period before the All-Star break.

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If they can rally with seven more wins in ten games, expect them to be buyers to make a wildcard push. Although going all guns blazing for a winner takes all playoff game, when you have Max Scherzer, it’s a better bet than it may seem.

Obviously, a catcher will be the number one priority, so if they are buyers, that will be the first position to address. Wilson Ramos is the most logical addition. He knows most of the pitching staff and would be a huge upgrade offensively.

However, should they lose more than they win and sink below .500 after their series with the Atlanta Braves in mid-July, expect a limited sell.

Unless someone blows them away with an offer (like Aroldis Chapman in 2016), Bryce Harper is unlikely to move regardless. But there would be plenty of teams looking to acquire Matt Adams, Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Madson, and Kelvin Herrera.

The Nats have a young core that should still compete next year, even if all their pending free agents leave. So the likes of Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Adam Eaton won’t be going anywhere at the deadline.

It would just be a quick top-up for the farm, getting what they can for expiring players. Nothing drastic, allowing the team to try again next season.

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It’s a crucial run-in to the All-Star break for the Washington Nationals. If they can pick up enough wins, or drop too many it could drastically change the trade deadline strategy.

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