The Washington Nationals will have to find a trade partner if they want to get Carlos Ruiz back to the big leagues.
The team will have the right to match any offer the Nationals make for the Cuban lefty.
He will need to sign a long-term contract before the trade deadline.
But the Nationals have not given up on him.
If they do trade Ruiz, it would not be until after the All-Star break.
And they would have to clear a roster spot in the meantime.
So what is the best option for the Nationals?
The Washington Post reports that the team is looking for a reliever and/or an outfielder.
The Nats would love to add a middle infielder and/as the team tries to find ways to stay healthy without sacrificing offense.
The Nationals would like to add some younger arms.
They are also considering trading the veteran left fielder, Ryan Zimmerman.
If they do go after an outfielder, it will be in a trade that would help the team with the payroll.
The only option the Nationals would consider is to let Ruiz walk.
He would be eligible to become a free agent after the 2017 season.
But he would have the option to sign with another team after the season.
It is possible that the Nationals could try to re-sign Ruiz as a free-agent.
The 25-year-old lefty has a .262/.347/.439 batting line in 527 plate appearances.
The Mets, Braves, Cubs and Cardinals are all interested in Ruiz.