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Rendon and others headed to AFL

Rendon and others headed to AFL

On Wednesday afternoon it was announced the Nats will send at least six players to the Arizona Fall League, and maybe two more, including 2011 first round pick Anthony Rendon. The Washington Post first had the report.

Joining Rendon in Arizona next month will be pitchers Christian Garcia, Paul Demny, and Ryan Perry. Outfielder Brian Goodwin and infielder Jason Martinson will also participate.

Rendon, the sixth overall pick in 2011, has seen his season slowed by injuries. The 22-year-old fractured his ankle in April, but returned in July to play well enough for a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg.

Goodwin was drafted 34th in 2011 and rose quickly to Double-A, but he has struggled there with a .219 average. He has flashed some power to go along with his range and speed and could be the teams long-term solution in center field if he continues to develop.

Garcia, 27, is looked at as a guy who could contribute at the major league level soon. He has recovered from Tommy John surgery to post a 0.89 ERA through 43 relief appearances in the Nats farm system this season. He began with Harrisburg, but has thrived even more so at Triple-A Syracuse with a 0.59 ERA across 30.1 innings pitched.

The 25-year-old Perry has been a starter for Harrisburg this season and has a 2.82 ERA through 12 starts. A former first round pick, he was acquired via a trade with the Detroit Tigers over the offseason. Demny has a 5. 44 ERA as a member of the P-Nats rotation.

Martinson, 23, will participate as a taxi squad member, a distinction that allows a player to only appear in two games per week. He has spent time at both Hagerstown and Potomac this season.

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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.