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Nationals Seeking Middle Infield Help

April 13, 2012;Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) throws the ball to first base against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park.  Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
April 13, 2012;Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) throws the ball to first base against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

With shortstop Ian Desmond landing on the disabled list, the Washington Nationals have made improving their middle infield depth their top priority, writes Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post. The team could make a trade sometime over the next several days, but nothing is imminent. The Nationals can also explore their options internally in the minor leagues.

"The Nationals have discussed a list of 15-20 names in the mold of Marco Scutaro, Nick Punto and Jamey Carroll. The list also includes players at Class AAA who would be improvements over the Nationals’ infielders at Class AAA Syracuse."

Scutaro, Punto and Carroll could all be acquired for cheap assets because of their performances and roles on their respective teams. But I'd imagine the team will look internally before making any trades. There is no rush to make a deal at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, in my opinion.

The Nationals, who have played several different catchers because of multiple injuries, will also explore the market to see if they can acquire a backup catcher with starter Jesus Flores dealing with back trouble.