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Dan Haren

Nationals GM Rizzo says bench is a likely target for deal

With Major League Baseball's trade deadline Wednesday at 4 p.m., Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo does not see the next two days as an opportunity to blow up a struggling team or a chance to spark a late-season push.

"We're going to stay consistent with the same thought process we've had since 2009," Rizzo said. "We're always thinking about this year, improving ourselves this year, but when we improve ourselves this year it will be this year and beyond."

Even if Rizzo wanted to act on the Nationals' chances this season, he would face a quandary. Sitting 81/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and seven out of the...