Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline has passed and the Washington Nationals stood pat, deciding to work with what they've got for the remainder of the season.
Yet, that really shouldn't come as a surprise; if it's not broken -- which it isn't, as the Nats enter Tuesday as MLB's best team -- then why fix it?
While Washington may not have acquired anybody Tuesday, two impact players on the injured reserve list are close to returning, which could function as the team's deadline moves. Outfielder Jayson Werth, who has not played since breaking his left wrist in early May, should return within the next week, while the Nats hope that All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond's nagging oblique injury will heal shortly. Inserting both Werth and Desmond back into a lineup that has handled itself without them will only make the Nationals a more dangerous team.
Meanwhile, the Nationals' opponent this evening, the Philadelphia Phillies, whose season is fading fast, traded outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively.
If anyone in D.C. is looking for extra cash tonight, get in touch with Philly's front office; they may be looking for some help in the outfield.
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