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Detroit Tigers: Trade ideas involving the Washington Nationals

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: Starting pitcher Erick Fedde #23 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch to a New York Mets batter in the first inning during Game One of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on August 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: Starting pitcher Erick Fedde #23 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch to a New York Mets batter in the first inning during Game One of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on August 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Matt Wieters #32 of the Washington Nationals reacts after flying out against the Chicago Cubs in the sixth inning during game two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Matt Wieters #32 of the Washington Nationals reacts after flying out against the Chicago Cubs in the sixth inning during game two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Absorbing Matt Wieters’ contract and adding Erick Fedde in the proccess

The Washington Nationals are in definite go for broke, win-now move—or so it would seem.

After getting knocked out of the National League Division Series by the Cubs, Washington will enter 2018 with a number of key performers playing out the final years of their respective contracts.

The group includes Bryce Harper, Gio Gonzalez, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Madson.

Elsewhere, the club could lose a number of supporting players this offseason as Jayson Werth, Howie Kendrick, Joe Blanton, Oliver Perez, Brandon Kintzler and Stephen Drew will hit the free agent market.

Despite the money coming off the books, the Nats might not have much financial flexibility in the winter.

For starters (according to Spotrac), Harper’s contract will jump from $13.625 million to $21.625 million in 2018.

Elsewhere, Adam Eaton (per Spotrac) and Sean Doolittle (according to the same publication) will also see upticks in salary.

The ex-White Sox outfielder will go from making $4 million to $6 million. Meanwhile, Doolittle’s salary rises from $2.63 million to $4.38 million.

What’s more, Anthony Rendon and Tanner Roark will go through another year of arbitration, while Michael Taylor will go through the process for the first time this winter on the back of a breakout 2017 that saw him notch a 3.1 fWAR in 118 games.

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