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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals stand pat at Trade Deadline, drop opener to Philadelphia Phillies + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the second of four with the Phillies to start...

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Trea Turner’s take on the clubhouse’s take on the Washington Nationals standing pat at the Trade Deadline yesterday? Is it a sign of faith in the roster? A sign there were no good deals out there? Was it disappointing that the front office didn’t find any help (outside of recently added players Brock Holt and Josh Harrison)?

“I don’t know,” Turner said. “I always look at it as it’s not really my job. It’s our job to play baseball and work with the staff to put ourselves in the best situation to win. We’re not making trades ourselves, we’re not choosing — those decisions aren’t ours.

“What we can control is showing up to the field and competing and I think all of us in the clubhouse believed from Day 1 that we have the guys in here to win.

“I don’t think any of us think we need somebody or something to help us get us going, I think we got it right here.

“It’s just a matter of playing good baseball and getting on the right track, and getting on the winning side.

“I think it’s easier said than done but I think we’ve got the guys in the clubhouse to do it.”

Go read your links...


Today’s Secret Phrase Is: Stand Pat:

Nationals stand pat at deadline, stick with roster - (MASN)
"What does a defending champion sitting seven games under .500 in the strangest season in baseball history do at the trade deadline? Nothing."

As NL East rivals load up before trade deadline, Nats stand pat before losing to Phillies - (WaPost)
"But with the wild-card picture crowded and many NL East games left, the Nationals' best hope is to jump some combination of the Phillies, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Miami Marlins."

Nationals stand pat at trade deadline despite fledgling performance - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals watched Monday as the trade deadline hit then passed without a deal executed."

Lose to Phillies/Soto/Turner Hot:

Nats hold pat: Focus on 'guys that we have' - (
"The Nats were 12-19, last place in the National League East. There are areas of their roster in need of improvement this season, but at what cost?"

Familiar pattern in Nationals' 8-6 loss to Phillies - (MASN)
"They may have the guys, but the guys who are taking the mound at the start of each game aren’t consistently giving everyone else a chance."

Victor Robles makes Play of the Week - (
"Nationals center fielder Victor Robles' remarkable catch and throw for a double play against the Phillies on Tuesday has earned him the Play of the Week Award presented by Chevrolet."

Nationals VP Johnny DiPuglia reflects on the difficult, yet rewarding life as an international scout - (NBC Sports Washington)
"There is a saying among baseball scouts: 'Those who can, evaluate. Those who can’t, measure.'"

Martinez says Voth will remain in rotation, start Friday - (MASN)
"Menhart confirmed today that Voth will remain in the rotation and start one of the two games of the doubleheader Friday in Atlanta."

Soto hits 10th, 11th HRs (in 24th game) in loss - (
"Soto added another multi-homer game to his young career when he hit his second of the night to right-center in the ninth inning."

Turner and Soto on fire, now the Nats try to get everyone else going - (MASN)
"Trea Turner is beyond the zone. He’s on a different level. So is Juan Soto."


One Month In, Washington Nationals’ Title Defense Is Falling Flat - (Forbes)
"Kieboom was sent to the team’s alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia, last week, which in this season is essentially a demotion to the minors."


Anthopoulos explains why Braves stood pat on trade deadline day - (
"Unlike last year, the Braves didn’t make a flurry of moves to address their glaring weakness at the trade deadline."

Howard leads Phillies past Nats for 1st 'W' - (
"The Phillies like their rotation, which means they like Spencer Howard as their No. 5 starter."

Mets Add Three Players at Deadline, Though 2020 Impact Could Be Minimal - (FanGraphs)
"While catcher Robinson Chirinos and infielder Todd Frazier are the more familiar names and could have relevance beyond this season, it’s reliever Miguel Castro who will probably have the most staying power."

MLB: How Starling Marte could play more than 60 games - (Big League Stew)
"We know math isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, but we promise this math is pretty fun."