For the last several years the Washington Nationals have been in a position to sell at the trade deadline, and have held firm.
Some may say this decision was admirable, some may say it was stupid.
Regardless of your belief on the matter, the possibility remains that the Nationals will be dealing several key players in their roster to prepare the future.
Who may be dealt?
Nick Johnson is in the last year of a three-year, $16.5 million contract. At the age of 30, going on 31, Johnson is probably at the peak of his career and has a lot to offer competing Major League teams. Most notably, Johnson can provide solid defense and a very strong bat at first base. The lefty is batting .305 this season but more importantly is getting on base at .415.