The Washington Nationals have traded away some of their prospect depth in the past two winters, dealing pitchers like Tom Milone, Brad Peacock, A.J. Cole (though he was reacquired) and Alex Meyer in trades that brought them Gio Gonzalez and Denard Span in return from the Oakland A's and Minnesota Twins, respectively. Top backstop prospect Derek Norris was included with Milone, Peacock and Cole in the deal last winter that brought Gio Gonzalez to D.C. from the Athletics. Meyer, a 2011 1st Round pick, and the top pitching prospect in the system before the trade, was dealt to the Twins straight up this winter to get the center fielder/leadoff man the Nationals wanted in Span.

Nats' general manager Mike Rizzo talked to reporters last December about his willingness to trade prospects for what he felt the team needed at the major league level and Rizzo also spoke about his confidence in the organization's ability to restock the system they're depleting in the process of filling holes on the roster in the nation's capital.

The Nationals added a young, controllable Gio Gonzalez last year, giving them a top three of the lefty, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann that helped them win the NL East. Before the season started, Rizzo praised the young pitching the team had assembled.