If things do not turn around soon, the Washington Nationals will not be playoff contenders in 2019. Here are three players who could be traded in 2019
As the 2019 Major League Baseball season approaches the month of June, teams start to separate themselves as contenders or pretenders. Since 2012 the Washington Nationals have never been truly out of a playoff race until at the earliest the beginning of September.
This season, Washington reached the month of June with their worst record since 2010, and sit so far out of the division race it seems a postseason appearance is still unlikely despite their recent success. If Washington wants to qualify, a wild card spot seems like the way to go, but currently there are five teams between Washington and the N.L. Wild Card leader.
If this is the case, it opens up a world of questions for the Nationals. If the season does not turn around and continues the way it has the team will likely have a new manager in the 2020 season, but what other changes will the Washington ownership make?
The Nationals have never been true “sellers” at the trade deadline, but that is a reality the team may face for the first time this season. With an underachieving roster filled with talented players at a variety of positions, for the first time ever Washington may have a fire-sale to try to retool their team to contend in 2020.
Now it seems unlikely the Nationals will move some of their bigger pieces, they still seem likely to be active in the trade market this summer. Here are four players who the Washington National might trade in the 2019 season.