The Nationals are “looking to buy today,” hears The Athletic’s Jayson Stark from teams that have talked to the Washington ballclub. This is a bit of an advancement from what we heard on Saturday from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, who said, “If they do anything, it’ll be buy.” The Nats are three games out from second place in the NL East, currently their easiest path to the playoffs.
In an article Thursday, MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato suggested a multi-inning reliever, ideally with the ability to handle lefties, could be a reasonable target. GM Mike Rizzo expressed comfort with his starting pitching depth – even sans Stephen Strasburg – on a call with reporters over a week ago, but that hardly rules out the pursuit of a starting pitcher. Stark speculates that the Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray could be a fit. Rizzo presided over the Nationals’ drafting of Ray in 2010, an excellent find in the 12th round.