A quick look at how the major league trade targets on the Nats changed their relative value for this last frenzied week since the break.
Pudge - DOWN - Supposedly killed his value with an injury that will sit him for weeks but in all honesty the guy was hitting an earned .214 / .276 / .325 this year. A solely defensive back-up catcher only has so much value to begin with.
Flores - DOWN - Wasn't hitting in the minors (.234 / .252 / .378) but got a chance in the majors anyway thanks to Pudge's injury. Now not hitting in the majors (.167 / .211 / .222)
Nix - DOWN - Achilles tendon and luck have combined for a bad 2nd half (.176 / .222 / .235 )
Desmond - STABLE - Actually average enough after the break thanks to some walks (.259 / .375 / .333) but not enough to turn around a terrible year. Plus some shaky games in the field
Bernadina - DOWN - Hard to be an enticing throw-in hitting .156 / .250 / .219 after the break.
Marquis - UP - Hit low point right before break since then 2 good games and one great one. Seemed to clear up any question if he can be a reliable innings eater.
Livan - STABLE - 2 down games, one up. Don't think it changed anyone's mind about Livan. That's who he is.
Clippard - UP - Blew one game but dominant in the others. Anyone looking hard to find flaws didn't see any.
Coffey - DOWN - Runs allowed in 3 of 4 appearances. Not hit hard so the decrease is slight but now just one of many when in Late June looked to be a top bargain hunt item for other teams.
Burnett - UP - Hard to believe but after the Braves outing Burnett has been solid and he hasn't given up a hit to a lefty which is what teams would be most interested in. But ERA makes it only a slight increase.
Slaten - STABLE - Hoped he could see some action by now, but still nothing. Still damaged goods.
This could be part of the reason things are so quiet around the Nats. Outside of a few guys their pieces haven't been making themselves more attractive. They didn't have impact players anyway so every step back means another handful of guys that are just as good and available. Clippard appears to be the most attractive chip but he's going to be played against the Padres relievers and Rizzo is apparently overvaluing Clippard (then again that kind of thinking did net him Ramos so what do I know).
I like Nix, Burnett, Marquis, and Clippard to go, but really it could go in any direction.