The trade market is heating up ever-so-slowly, like a charcoal grill in need of some more coal (that you forgot to buy).
In full-sell mode, the Toronto Blue Jays have let just about every contending team know that their top contributors are for sale. The trade of Marcus Stroman to the Mets signaled the end of an era, thus enacting a true fire sale. And Daniel Hudson is the next man out the door for the NL East.
Washington has one of the worst bullpens in the majors, with a combined team ERA of 5.97, ranked worst in the major leagues. Hudson is a reliable piece who can slide into a seventh- or eighth-inning role should the Nationals so choose. On the year, Hudson's pitched 48 innings in relief with an ERA right at 3.00, giving up just 16 walks on a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 48:23.
The Blue Jays' return is unknown at this time, but they're still shopping the likes of Ken Giles despite a concerning injury which could keep the closer out for the next week. Rather than accept a reported 'packaged deal' for Giles and Hudson, Washington opted to zero in on the latter.