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With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Nationals are looking to gear up for a long playoff run. According to one report, however, their top target may come at a very high price.

It has been widely reported that the Nationals are interested in New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, but the Yankees have set a very high price for him. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are interested in starter Joe Ross. That's a hefty price to pay and it may be too much for the Nationals.

Chapman has 20 saves this season out of 21 save opportunities. Though very good, he is a curious choice considering the Nationals still have Jonathan Papelbon.

Last year, general manager Mike Rizzo made the controversial decision to trade for Papelbon despite Drew Storen pitching well as the team's closer. It would certainly be ironic to see the same thing happen to Papelbon this year.

Then again, if the Yankees don't lower their asking price, Papelbon won't have to worry as Chapman will not be coming to Washington.

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