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Rumor: Nationals’ Kyle Schwarber could be traded to AL East

Kyle Schwarber, MLB trade deadline

Washington Nationals slugger Kyle Schwarber hasn’t played since early July due to an injury, but he could still be on the move ahead of the MLB trade deadline. Joel Sherman of the New York Post and MLB Network reports a “growing belief” that Schwarber will be dealt.

Per Sherman, there are three Al East squads interested in Sherman. The three teams are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox currently lead the division by 2.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees are 8.5 games back, while the Blue Jays are 10.5 games back. The Yankees and Blue Jays are still in the mix for the AL Wild Card.

Schwarber signed with the Nationals this past offseason after starting his career with the Chicago Cubs and playing the role of World Series hero in 2016. After a sluggish start to this season, the slugger caught fire in June, belting out 16 home runs. The 28-year-old has 25 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.

The lefty masher suffered a hamstring strain in early July, but clearly the hope is that he’ll be back for the stretch run. Kyle Schwarber has been long pegged as a prime DH candidate, so it makes sense that AL contenders are vying for his services.

The Nationals are 46-54 and eight games out of first place in the NL East, with the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves all ahead of them. Brad Hand was just traded to the Blue Jays, and we’ll see if Max Scherzer is dealt.