The Nationals made a bold trade to boost their rotation, acquiring Doug Fister from Detroit for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the New York Yankees on Monday for a player to be named.
The Nationals must decide by 11:59 p.m. Monday whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, including right-hander Ross Ohlendorf.
Matt Purke finally showed what he could do with his first healthy season for the Nationals. Now it's time to take the next step in 2014.