Nationals: Three Possible Trade Targets to Fix the Bullpen

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Manager Dave Martinez #4 and trainer Paul Lessard of the Washington Nationals talk to Tony Sipp #36 in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Manager Dave Martinez #4 and trainer Paul Lessard of the Washington Nationals talk to Tony Sipp #36 in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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Will Smith LHP San Francisco Giants

Our first possible trade target is 29-year-old left-handed reliever, Will Smith. Currently, the left plays for the San Francisco Giants who with the lack of talent on their roster and a 6-9 start to the season figure not to be real contenders to make the Postseason this year. This could motivate the Giants to move Smith, and his solid start to the 2019 season could make him a hot commodity. In 2018 Smith was very reliable out of the pen for the Giants, posting a 2.55 E.R.A. in 53 innings pitched, striking out 71 and walking just 15. Smith throws strikes and attacks hitters, and with the early struggles of Tony Sipp and Matt Grace, Washington could desperately use a left-handed reliever who could come in and help carry the load. Smith is one just a one-year $4.25 million dollar contract, so the Nationals would have no obligations to pay him after this season. For Washington, Smith would likely be a guy who would not cost you a top prospect, but could still give you some good value, helping sure up the clear problem at left-handed reliever in the bullpen. One possible option could be San Francisco needs outfield help, would you deal Michael A. Taylor and a low-level prospect for Smith if you’re the Nationals? I think the Giants would be willing to make a deal early in this season just from the fact that they clearly are not going to contend in a much improved N.L. West, and with the Dodgers off to such a hot start they may be willing to sell some of their pieces off early than normal.

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