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All's quiet?

Well, the Nationals are working at this, but someone told me late last night that they didn't have anything serious going. Scouts were still out last night, monitoring major and minor league games for last-minute information. Kasten and other officials ordered pizza in to RFK Stadium last night as they worked. Trade deadline's at 4 p.m.

As you can see, most folks (as I mentioned yesterday) believe that Cordero and Rauch are the Nationals' most attractive trade commodities, and most folks believe Rauch is easier to trade. One other possible destination, though, for Cordero that I heard is Arizona -- which has an all-star closer in Valverde that they don't completely trust. This is a team that has plenty of young position player talent to turn over and one that expects to be very, very good in 2008 and '09. It's possible the Nats could get two good young position players in return for "The Chief," if in fact the D'backs are really concerned about the bullpen. Not sure that this has advanced at all, but it has been mentioned as a potentially good fit.

The deadline: It's important to remember that these guys could pull off some minor deals even in the next month for guys that would pass through waivers. I would think that Ray King, if he continues to pitch well (which he has in the past few weeks) would be a good fit for someone who desperately needs a lefty-one-out-guy. He's pitched in the postseason before. Nats dealt Marlon Anderson and Daryle Ward for Class A pitchers in August last year, and Livo for Chico and Garrett Mock.

I'll keep my ear to the ground and get you updates if there's anything worthy.

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 31, 2007; 9:45 AM ET
 
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