WASHINGTON -- This past Saturday, the Nationals had a chance to acquire then-Astros center fielder Michael Bourn, but Houston wanted left-hander Ross Detwiler to be part of any deal the two clubs make and Washington declined, according to a baseball source.
Bourn was dealt to the Braves the next morning. The Nationals have been in a need of a center fielder since the season started. They tried to acquire Twins outfielder Denard Span, but couldn't get him before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Right now, Rick Ankiel is the everyday center fielder for Washington. Entering Tuesday's game against the Braves, he is 20-for-59 (.359) with four home runs and 10 RBIs since coming of the disabled list on July 1.