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The Nationals Are Reportedly Trading For A Star Reliever

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The MLB trade deadline is more than a month away. The Washington Nationals aren't waiting to make a big splash though.

According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Nationals are "on the verge" of trading for Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera. Herrera is in the middle of one of his best seasons ever.

Herrera will also give the Nats an exceptional 1-2 punch at the back of the bullpen. Their left-handed closer Sean Doolittle has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season.

Heyman adds that the Nats don't have to surrender any of their top prospects in this deal.

Herrera, who is in his eighth season with the Royals, is 1-1 with 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA in 27 appearances. He saved 26 games for Kansas City last year.

The Royals are in the process of rebuilding after a five-year stretch of competing, during which they made the World Series twice and won it in 2015.

Trading Herrera is likely the first move for the team, which projects to be sellers at the trade deadline.