Washington Nationals May Trade Two Notable Relievers


The Washington Nationals currently have a 45-52 record and are fourth in the NL East, so the playoffs seem out of reach right now. According to Jon Heyman, this will likely lead to the Nationals being sellers at the trade deadline. He also stated that Daniel Hudson and Brad Hand very well could be on the move because of this. 

If officially made available, these two pitchers would be great options for teams looking to strengthen their bullpen. They each are having solid seasons and have expiring contracts. Therefore, contenders would primarily be calling, as they may just be rentals.

Hand is in his first season with the Nationals and has done a good job at closer. He currently sports a 5-3 record and has recorded 20 saves in 23 opportunities. Although he hasn't been perfect in save situations, he still is quite dependable and somebody who is used to dealing with pressure. This would make him a good choice to close out games in October. 

Hudson has been a member of the Nationals since 2019. Last season was a hard one for the 34-year-old, as he had a 6.10 ERA in 21 games. However, this season he has turned it back around and has been one of their best relievers. At this present time, he has a 4-1 record with a 2.37 ERA in 29 games. It is clear that he has found his groove and would absolutely be worth acquiring. 

Nonetheless, we will see if these two end up being on the move soon. 

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