Washington Nationals: Five possible starting pitching trade targets
By Monty Taylor
Detroit Tigers youngster Michael Fulmer is an interesting possibility for the Washington Nationals.
Despite being only 25 and still 5 years from free agency, he’s frequently been mentioned in trade rumors. The Tigers are in a rebuilding mode, and Fulmer provides them with a valuable asset that could be traded for a large return.
The former Rookie of the Year is 3-8 in 2018 with an ERA of 4.11, which is significantly higher than his first two seasons in the league. He’s not as much of a strikeout pitcher as the previous names in this list, but still averages 7.6 strikeouts per 9 innings.
This is a young pitcher with tremendous upside. There normally aren’t many opportunities for teams to add a young pitcher with this much potential mid-season. And for him to be so far from arbitration is another added bonus.
Acquiring the twenty-five-year-old would be both a short-term and long-term solution for Mike Rizzo. He’d add a potential front-line starter in Fulmer to partner with Scherzer and Strasburg atop the Nationals’ rotation for the next three and a half seasons.
To get Fulmer, the Nationals would have to at least center a deal around Carter Kieboom and include another big prospect like Daniel Johnson. The Tigers would probably request another player or prospect who is MLB ready.