Washington Nationals Trying To Figure Out Who Should Stay And Go As The Team Looks To Compete In The NL East

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It was just two years back that the Washington Nationals took home a World Series title to their fans, giving them something to cheer about when the team took the field.

The club spent a ton of money on players on the roster they felt would be able to complete a championship run, and by the time the World Series was all said and done the Nats outscored the Houston Astros 13-4 in the last two games, totally outplaying Houston.

One player whose name has been bantered about to be moved or traded is that of starting pitcher Max Scherzer. He went 5-4 last season in the shortened 60-game season before he was able to take the field.

He had inked a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals, but thus far it’s not paying off all that much as he has had a tough go of it in this offseason trying to get ready for the 2021 campaign.

The Nats currently are 24-33 entering play Wednesday night, and right now the team has got to be in the market to be thinking if they should start offering up players to the highest bidder in the MLB trade market, or if they should just leave it alone and let the Nats pitchers and position players try and get hot at the right time and start to put it all together.

Being nine games under .500 with 105 games left in the regular season is by no means that tough to try and recover from, but if Washington doesn’t start to recover, it’ll be a LONG rest of 2021 for the team in the Nation’s Capital.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. Full disclaimer, Nats Fan. I wouldn’t pull the plug just yet. Max will certainly get interest but he’s not the same Cy Young caliber pitcher of seasons past, but he’d easily be a 1B or 2 pitcher on any staff in MLB. The Nats have always spent big on pitching, which is usually a winning strategy, but if your high priced 2 & 3 starters (Strasburg & Corbin) are always hurt or giving up 6-7 runs in 4 innings, then that won’t disguise a mediocre offense.

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