MLB Trade Rumors: Nationals still looking at relievers, including Justin Wilson – CBSSports.com

On Sunday, the Nationals swung a deal with the Athletics for two relievers, lefty Sean Doolittle and righty Ryan Madson. It doesn’t appear that the deal made Nats general manager Mike Rizzo content with his current bullpen situation, though, and reports on Monday indicate that his is not done attempting to deal for bullpen help. 

Both Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Jon Morosi of MLB.com report the Nationals still seek bullpen help, with Morosi specifically mentioning Tigers lefty Justin Wilson

The Nationals entered Monday’s matinee in Cincinnati with a 9 1/2 game lead in the NL East. Of course, they also carried an embarrassing 5.31 bullpen ERA, good for last in the NL. Even a decade ago, that would’ve been a big problem, but given how much increased importance has been placed on having multiple studly late-inning relievers in recent years in the postseason, the Nationals’ going out for at least three new relievers makes a ton of sense.

Digging even deeper, the Nationals have won the NL East three of the last five years, but they’ve lost in the NLDS each of those three years. Bryce Harper is a free agent after next season while players like Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy are getting up there in years. Quite simply: The Nationals’ best chance to win the World Series could well be 2017. So Rizzo needs to leave no stone unturned. 

Wilson, 29, is having a very good season for the Tigers. He has settled into the role of closer after the K-Rod debacle, saving 10 games in 11 chances with a 2.29 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. 

If Rizzo pulled of a deal for Wilson, he’d have three back-end options with experience at closer for manager Dusty Baker

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