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Avert your eyes, Nats fans. This image is NSFW in the DMV.

Yes, that’s Anthony Rendon in a Phillies hat.

We did warn you.

Of course, it’s only photoshopped, but that doesn’t make Rendon on the Phillies any more fun to imagine. Frankly, MLB.com should be ashamed for triggering Nationals fans so soon after Bryce Harper.

In a free agency preview, the site offers up some fun (in their eyes) ideas for superteams across the sport.

Would the Phillies open up their wallets for a Nationals superstar for the second straight offseason? The reasoning makes sense.

Philadelphia has plenty of money to spend, an owner in John Middleton particularly motivated in buying a winning team, and a gaping hole at third base thanks to the struggles of Maikel Franco.

Rendon would certainly turn the Phillies into an offensive juggernaut next season, featuring a lineup with the All-Star third baseman, JT Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Hoskins and, of course, Harper. 

They still wouldn’t be a superteam, however, without improving their pitching staff. And thankfully for Nats fans, the big pitching acquisition made in this potential offseason scenario is signed by the Nationals, not their NL East rivals to the north.

 

Yes, MLB.com imagines a second straight offseason in which the Nationals lose their best hitter and gain the best starting pitcher on the market.

I know Nationals fans aren’t ready to see another homegrown star walk, but please take a moment to salivate over a rotation featuring Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. Livan Hernandez could be the No. 5, and it would still be the best rotation in recent memory. 

After this season, that foursome will have combined for 13 or 14 top-five Cy Young finishes in their career, and it would unquestionably keep the Nats in the conversation at the top of the NL East. And it’s hard to imagine another NL team matching them pitcher for pitcher in October.

Of course, for now, that’s all we can do: imagine. This scenario, both the good and the bad, is a long, long way off from coming to fruition. 

Free agency speculation is usually fun, especially when your team is willing to pay up for big-name players. But this exercise is cruel and unusual to Nats fans who have been through enough already.

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