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Nats injuries reaching absurdity

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Nats injuries reaching absurdity

Before the 2012 season began, if someone told you the Nationals would be in first place on May 7 with an 18-10 record, all done without their cleanup hitter and fifth starter, would you have believed them? What if they lost their closer - a guy who saved 43 games the season before - their center fielder for nine games, and their franchise player for two weeks?Fresh off a series win against the Phillies, the Nationals are continuing strong after an unbelievable run of bad luck with injures. In last nights loss they saw Jayson Werth break his wrist on a play in right field, just another blow to a team dealing with a wide range of ailments. It looks like he will be out at least a few months.Even Adam LaRoche and Mark DeRosa, their best position player so far this season and their top bench player, watched from the dugout with oblique issues. Oh, and dont forget Brad Lidge who is out with an abdominal strain. Even the guys backing up those with injuries have gotten injured.Recapping all of the Nationals health problems makes you wonder who is left. Here is a look at the teams projected lineup, as Mike Rizzo envisioned it during the winter, and who has been or is now hurt this season.SS - Ian Desmond
2B - Danny Espinosa
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder)
LF - Michael Morse (lat muscle)
1B - Adam LaRoche (oblique)
RF - Jayson Werth (wrist)
CF - Rick Ankiel (quad)
C - Wilson Ramos
SP - Stephen StrasburgOn the pitching side, Wang, Lidge, and Storen were all expected to play major roles with the Nats this year and only Lidge has seen the field. The Nationals are winning games with what is essentially a lineup half-comprised of Triple-A players and bench guys. Just look at who batted for the team last night against the Phillies.SS - Ian Desmond
3B - Steve Lombardozzi
LF - Bryce Harper
RF - Jayson Werth
RF - Xavier Nady
1B - Chad Tracy
2B- Danny Espinosa
CF - Rick Ankiel
C - Wilson Ramos
P - Jordan Zimmerman
PH - Tyler Moore
PH - Roger BernadinaPlayers in italics were replacing injured players.If the Nationals had even half the injuries they have seen this year, Moore and Harper would likely still be in Triple-A. Tracy was never supposed to start in big games against the Phillies and Nady played half the game after replacing Werth.The Nationals' injuries are getting out of hand and it their success has probably been one of the most unlikely developments thus far in all of baseball. Can they keep it up? It seems more unlikely the more you consider their plight overall, but having guys out hasnt exactly stopped them yet. It will be amazing to see how long they can sustain winning games and, on the other hand, how good they could potentially be when they get everyone back.

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Bryce Harper sends 'Wow' tweet after Nationals trade for Adam Eaton

Bryce Harper sends 'Wow' tweet after Nationals trade for Adam Eaton

Nationals star Bryce Harper has had an eventful week, which included finding out that he might not be the Nationals star much longer. 

An anonymous club executive said that the Nationals won't meet Harper's demands for a 10-year, $400 million contract, and are prepared to let him walk when he becomes a free agent after the 2018 season. 

That happened on Monday, then on Tuesday Washington missed out on trading from White Sox ace Chris Sale, who ended up going to Boston. 

And then on Wednesday, the Nats ended up trading their pile of top pitching prospects to the White Sox anyway, but instead of getting Sale, they got centerfielder Adam Eaton

Eaton, 28, has never been an All-Star. But he finished last season with a .284 batting average, .362 slugging percentage, 59 RBIs and 14 home runs. He's also an asset defensively in the outfield. 

But the pitching prospects Washington gave up – Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning – amounted to a steep price for Eaton. So steep that the Nats reportedly offered almost the same package of prospects for Sale. 

Within minutes of the Eaton trade news breaking, Harper tweeted this. 

He followed it up with a message of welcome a few minutes later.

Obviously, the initial tweet is what grabbed peoples' attention. But who can really say if Harper meant it as a positive or negative reaction to the Eaton trade? Frankly, it might not have anything to do with the trade at all. 

Plenty of other "wow" things happened this week. 

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Nationals deal top prospects Giolito, Lopez and Dunning to White Sox for Adam Eaton

Nationals deal top prospects Giolito, Lopez and Dunning to White Sox for Adam Eaton

The Washington Nationals were unable to trade the farm to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for former Cy Young winner Chris Sale. But still looking to make a splash, the Nationals went back to the White Sox, and have made a deal.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Nationals will trade Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning to the White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton, pending physicals.

Eaton, 28 years old, will be entering his sixth season, having played two seasons with the Diamondbacks and two season with the White Sox.

Eaton has never made an All-Star team, but has a solid OBP of .357 and has back-to-back seasons of 14 home runs and at least 50 RBIs. He also has a very friendly contract, having recently signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract.

In return, the White Sox get a treasure trove of prospects.

Giolito is the top prospect in the Nationals' organization and one of the top prospects in all of MLB. He appeared in six games for the nationals in 2016, finishing with a 6.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Lopez, the No. 4 prospect in the organization, appeared in 11 games in 2016, finishing with a 4.91 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

Dunning, one of the ace of the Florida Gators' staff, was selected by the Nationals with the 29th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft.

But considering the Nationals were willing to give up numerous top prospects for Chris Sale or Andrew McCutchen, it's puzzling that the Nationals would receive just Eaton in return.

Heading into the 2016 winter meetings, it was well known that the Nationals were interested in making a big splash and shaking things up.

It looks like they're doing just that.