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Three Strikes: Cleanup Spot a Mess
2. Trade Talk—The Nats will be shopping for help over the next three weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, no doubt. The question is what will they be looking for and what are they willing to give up to get it. The outfield will be somewhat crowded when Ryan Church comes off of the disabled list, which should be sometime shortly after the All-Star break. Do you deal a "spare" outfielder like Marlon Byrd and endanger your depth there? Or do you trade away a prospect like Tyrell Godwin and possibly hurt your future? And what do you trade for? A bat on the left side of the infield or another reliever? There is no question that the rumors and speculation will be flying over the next few weeks. The advice here, as always, is to remain calm until an actual deal takes place.
3. Vinny Castilla—One of the above-mentioned left-side bats that could be replaces is that of the third baseman, Vinny Castilla. His batting average has been on a steady decline from a high on .350 on May 2 to .259 today. He hit three home runs in April and three since. His defense has been solid, but you have to get some more pop out of that position, even when Church and Nick Johnson return.
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