The Nationals stayed quiet as expected when the trade deadline passed today at 4 p.m. Manager Davey Johnson had said earlier in the morning no deals were “imminent” for the Nationals, and that remained true all day.
When asked if the Nationals had any moves brewing with less than an hour left to go before the deadline, one person familiar with the situation replied, “not a thing.” Over the weekend, General Manager Mike Rizzo said he anticipated the Nationals would only try to tweak their bench, if anything.
One American League executive said the last time his team spoke with the Nationals, they were “looking to add” as opposed to moving veterans. That squares with what Rizzo said about being “committed” to his starting lineup, which will return intact next season if the Nationals choose.
And so, the trade the Nationals made in early July with the Cubs — bench player Scott Hairston for Class A pitcher Ivan Pineyro — remains the only deal the Nationals made this season.