2. What prospects would you consider untouchable?
Ross– No prospect or player on the 25-man roster is untouchable. However, with the limited amount of “big names” on the rumor mill this year, I don’t expect the Nats to make a massive, potentially franchise-altering trade at the deadline.
Tom– Carter Kieboom. With Anthony Rendon still unsigned, the Nationals simply cannot trade a young infielder of his caliber. The Tigers reportedly asked for him in return for Shane Greene, and if that’s true, I’m glad Mike Rizzo apparently said “no.” For now, Carter Kieboom is untouchable.
Monty– The problem is that this is a seller’s market and everyone is looking for relief help. The above arms will likely be a bit out of the Nationals price range, in terms of prospects. Over the years, the Nats have stripped their farm system bare with trades and some poor development on the pitching side of things. With Rendon possibly on his way out, the Nats shouldn’t be trading away any of their top prospects, but especially not Carter Kieboom.
Danny– Aside from Carter Kieboom, who is poise` to step right in at either 2nd base or 3rd base next season and should be deemed untouchable, the Nationals have to do their best in making Mason Denaburg, Wil Crowe and Tim Cate unavailable in trades. The Nationals have a very thin farm system when it comes to starting pitching and these three guys have shown a lot of promise. None possess top of the rotation, ace type stuff, but all three have the potential to slot in as mid to back of the rotation starters. Cate especially has been dominant of late and carries a 2.75 ERA through 18 starts split between Hagerstown and Potomac this season. If holding these three makes it so that teams are demanding Luis Garcia or Yasel Antuna in return, it might be a risk that Mike Rizzo has to take.
Matt– The only prospect I would say is untouchable is Carter Kieboom. Despite not wanting to give up guys like Will Crowe, you have to give to get. This team is capable of winning a World Series if they upgrade their bullpen. No one but Kieboom should be off the table.