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Nationals’ top trade deadline concern is improving middle infield depth

At least that’s the word from a source to the Washington Post.  Although I gave up rumor mongering after it turned out that a band of wild monkeys was not the Y2K revolution vanguard, I have to say that among the various whispers about possible deadline acquisitions for the Nats (starting pitcher, catcher, etc.), this one I cannot only see happening, I can feel my head nod in approval.  At least with the concept.  Let’s not go crazy and give up Anthony Rendon for Nick Punto.  But losing Ian Desmond, who had been the team’s hitting MVP, to a torn oblique, does leave the Nationals one bump and bruise away from a real serious problem up the middle.  The prospect of Desmond being out until the end of August (if not longer; oblique injuries are notoriously slow to heal) is already quite a challenge.  The Nats would be prudent to try to make sure they don’t turn a challenge into a near impossibility.