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Wire Taps: Nationals-Dodgers arms race escalates; Anthony Rendon NL PoTW; Tradeapalooza Part II

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for 10:00 to get here. We suggest napping before late night Nats baseball...

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Alright. Ladies and gentlemen: Today, the relief corps for the relief corps arrive! We’ll see if Mike Rizzo will call in one more soldier by August.

Here’s the news from Anaheim.

Nationals-Dodgers arms race escalates as Nats add bullpen help
The Nationals' bullpen looks, uh, meh. To really compete with the Dodgers, it follows that the Nats need another pitcher -- probably a reliever, but maybe a starter as well.

Rendon named National League Player of the Week(end)
Only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were taken into account, but Rendon's .636 average with three homers and nine RBI was good enough for Major League Baseball.

The Nationals got good, cheap help in Doolittle and Madson
Are they elite? Probably not. Are they going to be very, very good? Most likely. Are they worth what the Nats gave up. One would think.

The Nats got two mainly consistent arms with a few drawbacks through trade. Go figure.
Injury, drop-off, and splits are all concerns for both Madson and Doolittle. But both Doolittle and Madson have serious upside for 2017 and potentially even 2018.

Nats call up Jacob Turner, move Koda Glover to 60-day DL
Turner will, for the moment, fill the spot that Blake Treinen vacated. Unless the Nationals choose to send down Matt Grace or suddenly decide to start Turner today, it would appear that he'll be headed back to Syracuse as of today. In the meantime, Glover is in West Palm Beach, Florida, and hasn't started throwing yet.

The Nats paid the right price for Doolittle and Madson, but have work to do in their bullpen renovation
Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle are on their way to D.C., and the Nats haven't touched any top-100 prospects. One would think that they don't really plan on doing that further, but that more trades are to come.

The Nats smelled weakness in the NL, so they decided to address their own
With Chicago struggling and no team in the NL Central making a particularly strong case as to why they belong in October, the Nats have had no better shot at making it out of the first round, and maybe to the World Series, than this year. With that in mind, they made a change.

Today’s Game: Nationals vs Angels — 10:07 PM
Probable Pitchers: Edwin Jackson vs Jesse Chavez