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The immediate reaction to Wednesday night's trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate.

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Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals' standpoint.

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While we were all debating whether the Nats would trade for Ben Zobrist of the Rays this week,

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With questions at second base in Washington and a surplus of middle infielders in Tampa Bay, a connection between the Nationals and Ben Zobrist of the Rays is logical.

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Asdrubal Cabrera, who filled in admirably for the Nationals at second base after his acquisition at the July 31 trade deadline, won’t be returning to Washington in 2015.

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