Confidence in the overall direction of the Washington Nationals remained steady between last week’s voting and this week’s, at 78%, which is the highest it’s been since the Week 1 of the SB Nation’s FanPulse voting, when it started at 95% on Opening Day.
Apparently a 36-16 run for the club is a confidence boost for everyone involved, from the team to its fans.
But now it’s a question of what the Nationals do next. Does GM Mike Rizzo find the bullpen arm or arms that will shore up what just about everyone watching agrees is the biggest of the issue facing the team?
The latest rumors, via MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, have the Nationals “showing active interest” in Detroit Tigers’ closer Shane Greene and Chicago White Sox’ closer Alex Colome. Both those relievers are under control beyond the 2019 campaign, something Rizzo said was a positive when he was talking about the search for relief help recently.
“When you’re giving away the assets that you have to give away at the trade deadline, you kind of like to get a little bit of control in the players that you acquire,” Rizzo explained in a recent MLB Network Radio interview. “So we’ll be looking towards that, like everybody else in baseball is, trying to get controllable assets that can help us this year and beyond.”
ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote this morning that he’s hearing, “Washington’s preference is to add a left-hander to its bullpen,” while noting that, “... other teams believe Rizzo will take upgrades in whatever way he can get them.” He lists both Greene and Colomé as targets, and adds a number of other names that are believed to be part of the relief market as the trade deadline gets closer.
WWRD? What Will Rizzo Do? We’ll know soon, with the July 31st, 4:00 PM EDT trade deadline fast approaching...
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