The Washington Nationals had an extremely disappointing season, two years removed from winning their first World Series. There were expectations that they would be right back in the running to contend for the National League East title, but the opposite happened. The Nationals instead wound up finishing dead last in the NL East despite being 47-55 at the trade deadline and eight games out of first. Not a terrible position in the weak division. But at the deadline, they ultimately made the smart decision by going into firesale mode. Leading up to the deadline, they traded away Brad Hand, Kyle Schwarber, Daniel Hudson, Josh Harrison, Yan Gomes, and Jon Lester. Then on the night before deadline day, they worked a blockbuster deal that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting four high-upside prospects in return. Overall, Washington received 12 prospects for the eight players they sent out.