WASHINGTON -- General manager Mike Rizzo said that he has had discussions with other teams regarding the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline but does not expect to make any splashy moves before July 31.
"If we could tweak or improve certain spots on the bench, I think that would be one place that we would attack," he said Saturday. "But we've got ourselves a pretty talented group of guys that we're committed to, and we like where we're at."
The Nationals' poor left-handing hitting off the bench has been one of their most glaring weaknesses this season. Entering Saturday afternoon's game against the Mets, Chad Tracy and Roger Bernadina were batting a combined .183 (44-for-240) with 15 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.
The Nationals acquired reserve outfielder Scott Hairston from the Cubs on July 8. With rookie righty Taylor Jordan's innings limit and news that Ross Detwiler will miss a month with a herniated disc in his back, there was speculation that they could also pursue a starting pitcher.
Rizzo said that any moves that the Nationals make will benefit the team both this year and in the foreseeable future.
"Well, we're going to stay consistent with the same thought process we've had since 2009," Rizzo said. "We're always worried about this year and beyond. We never make decisions based on the current season alone, so that hasn't changed since I've taken over as GM."
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @HitTheCutoff. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less