Washington Nationals: three players recently acquired who didn’t pan out

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Hunter Strickland #60 of the Washington Nationals pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the St Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Cardinals 9-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Hunter Strickland #60 of the Washington Nationals pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the St Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Cardinals 9-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Washington Nationals reliever Hunter Strickland just didn't work out.
JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 25: Hunter Strickland #60 of the Washington Nationals pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the St Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Cardinals 9-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Another trade deadline is on the horizon. Let’s look at three players recently added who didn’t really boost the Washington Nationals performance.

As much as teams like to say they hope trades work out for both teams, there are clearly winners and losers each time a trade gets worked out. For the most part the Washington Nationals have come out winners in deals constructed by General Manager Mike Rizzo.

Today we will look at a couple recent trades that did not return much value for the Nationals. Too early to tell if the team “lost” the trade or not, as the youngsters going the other direction need time to either pan out or flame out.

We are steadily approaching the trade deadline for 2020 and the Nationals have had the luxury of being buyers more times than not. The current state of the team may determine this to be false this year.

If the Nationals do indeed become sellers we will have to wait and see if the players in the return package offer any value. At times teams are looking for a salary dump more than the pieces they get back.

With that being said let us discuss three players the Washington Nationals recently acquired, who were unsuccessful in their stays with the team.

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