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The Washington Nationals were the class of the National League East over the past five seasons, but with a 28-32 record through the 60 games, it's apparent that the once dominant ball club has unceremoniously fallen from grace in 2019.
Unless things take a massive turn for the better, the one-time NL East favorites could end up selling off some of their top-tier veteran talent at the trade deadline.
With that in mind, here are the three Nationals players most likely to be moved by the MLB Trade Deadline
3. Sean Doolittle, RP
Sean Doolittle has been one of the very few bright spots of Washington's league-worst bullpen (6.66 ERA) this year. The 32-year-old closer currently sports a 3.16 ERA and has been excellent in the ninth inning, notching 13 saves in 15 opportunities on the year. High-leverage relief arms are a hot commodity on the trade market and Doolittle is sure to garner interest from several contenders looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch.
2. Max Scherzer, SP
His 3-5 record may not indicate it, but Max Scherzer is still the dominant ace he's been since joining the Nationals in 2015. The three-time Cy Young Award winner sports a respectable 3.06 ERA with a league-leading 117 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings pitched in 2019. Mad Max can be as dominant as dominant gets and as long as he continues to pitch at a Cy Young-caliber level, he could warrant a king's ransom from a contending team in desperate need of a starting pitcher.
1. Anthony Rendon, 3B
Anthony Rendon has been Washington's best hitter this year and is on pace to post career highs in almost every statistical category if he keeps up his current place. The 29-year-old third baseman is slashing an impressive .335/.440/.671 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 46 games played this year. Rendon is in the last year of his contract and it's likely that the Nats will try and get what they can for him in a trade rather than see him sign elsewhere with no return this offseason.
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