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03-29-2019, 03:03 AM
Locked in a battle with Houston for the AL West crown and in the middle of one of the most challenging stretches of the schedule this season Mark Melancon Jersey , Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin plans to be creative with his starting rotation for the time being.That will start Sunday when Chris Bassitt is recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.That will allow Melvin to give all his starters an extra day before their next turn.Article continues below ...“What the schedule allows you to do this year is give some guys some extra rest,” Melvin said Saturday. “We have been leaning on them a little more here recently. So, we want to make sure these guys are fresh down the stretch. ‘Bass’ is pitching pretty well down there at this point, so he’ll get the start tomorrow. We won’t go with a six-man rotation.”Bassitt has a 4.25 ERA in 17 appearances for Nashville this season and 2-3 with a 3.39 ERA and 25 strikeouts in six starts for the A’s. His last big league appearance came on July 11 when he allowed three runs over five innings in the A’s 3-2 victory over the Astros.Melvin also has the luxury of a deep and relatively rested bullpen at his disposal to spell his starters or cover innings in the event of a short start.He’ll also try and get some of his position players a break, too, during this run of 20 games in 20 days. Matt Olson was held out of the starting lineup Saturday after playing in all 129 of Oakland’s games to that point.“We’ll see where it goes,” Melvin said. “He doesn’t want anything to do with it, but talking to the training staff, there are a few guys that we will look to maybe try to do this with. (Saturday) was his day.”Sunday will mark the first time that Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios faces the A’s during his three seasons in the major leagues.Berrios took no decision his last time out despite holding the White Sox to a run on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four over five innings of work in a game that included a 52-minute rain delay.“Give Jose a lot of credit,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We were right on the edge there of putting him back out there. Just concerned about how much time went by. He did a nice job of putting up some zeroes after the delay.”Berrios had just started throwing his warmup pitches for the second inning when the game was delayed but Molitor decided to send him back out when play resumed.“I didn’t want to come out of the game Deion Sanders Jersey ,” Berrios said. “I kept myself warm, and that’s why they kept me in the game. I didn’t really play catch. Just move around, stretch myself, roll out my arm. When (Molitor) figured out what time we were going to start, I went into my routine: play catch and then go to the mound.”He’s looking for his first victory since Aug. 4. In three starts since, he has a 5.68 ERA over 12 2/3 innings of work. Even with Harper and Scherzer on the roster, the Nationals finished a ho-hum 82-80 in 2018, "good" for a distant second place in the National League East. After winning three division titles in four years between 2014 and 2017, they watched the playoffs from their La-Z-Boys.Maybe it was a blip and the Nationals will surge back in 2019. But they're competing with the fast-rising Atlanta Braves, who won the division behind a burgeoning young core and boast the No. 2 farm system in the game Alen Hanson Jersey , according to Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter.Then there are the Philadelphia Phillies, who finished two games behind Washington but also have a solid stockpile of up-and-coming talent and tons of payroll flexibility. Hence the rumblingsPhiladelphia might try to land Harper and fellow 26-year-old superstar Manny Machado.Even if that's a pipe dream (and it probably is), the Phillies could easily spend enough to lure Harper away from the Nationals鈥攁s could other deep-pocketed suitors such as the Los Angeles Dodgers.General manager Mike Rizzo said Harper was "in our plans" and "part of our family," per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. Those are warm and fuzzy words, but words don't pay record-breaking contracts, which is what Harper will demand and likely get. Odds are, the Nationals will wave goodbye to their brash franchise player.If so, they'll be in a tough spot, even with Scherzer.Now, imagine the haul they could get for a pitcher of Scherzer's pedigree. It would start with any team's top prospect (or two) and go from there. They could probably demand top prospects and MLB-ready players.The New York Yankees Edgar Martinez Jersey , to cite one example, desperately need starting pitching. What if the Nats pried away outfielder (and Harper's buddy) Clint Frazier, top New York pitching prospect Justus Sheffield plus ancillary pieces?That's wild speculation, obviously. But the Nationals could ask for the moon in exchange for Scherzer, and suitors such as the Yanks, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros would immediately start swinging their space lassos.Alex Brandon/Associated PressIt's worth noting Scherzer is 34 years old. He's also owed more than $126 million, though a portion of that is deferred through 2028.That said, if the Nationals made him available, Rizzo's phone would light up like a kerosene-soaked jack-o'-lantern. Washington would have its pick of gaudy packages.The short-term optics would not be great. The odds of this happening are low. But the more you think about it Ryon Healy Jersey , the more sense it makes.The Nationals have exciting young players to build around, including left fielder and possible NL Rookie of the Year Juan Soto, center fielder Victor Robles and shortstop Trea Turner. Maybe they should follow the Braves' and Phillies' lead by shedding salary and going young. Their current course has yielded multiple playoff appearances, but they've never advanced past the division series round.The road to success is frequently paved with difficult, unpopular choices.Trading Scherzer would fit that description. It might also be the way to go. All statistics and contract information courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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