CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Mike Rizzo General Manager of the Washington Nationals talks on the phone during batting practice before a game against the Chicago White Sox on June 24, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Nationals named John McLaren as their new manager. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

2012 MLB Trade Deadline: Nationals Stand Pat, Make No Moves At Deadline

Despite a day and week full of wheeling and dealing by their National League competitors, the Washington Nationals have apparently decided to go with what they have.

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Braves Trade For Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, According To Report

In their continued pursuit of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves added a quality arm to their rotation on Monday night in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Braves acquired left-handed starter Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson. It's still not clear what Atlanta is sending to Chicago in return, but Twitter speculated all night on where Johnson might be headed after word came down he was on the move. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports finally confirmed the deal, adding in the crucial update that Maholm was involved:

Maholm has been one of the hottest pitchers in the game of late, posting a 1.00 ERA and 5-0 record in his last seven starts.

After a win over the Marlins on Monday, the Braves pulled to 3.5 games back of the idle Nationals. But adding Maholm to address an area of need was certainly the best news of the night for Washington's NL East rival.

For more on the Nationals and the trade deadline, stick with this stream and SB Nation's Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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2012 MLB Trade Deadline: Ryan Dempster Traded To Atlanta Braves

All of a sudden, the NL East looks that much more competitive. The Atlanta Braves swung big for pitcher Ryan Dempster and landed him from the Chicago Cubs, according to the official MLB twitter page, via Chris Mottram of SB Nation.

Right now there is no official word as to who will be going to Chicago in return for Dempster. One rumor floating right now thinks its pitcher Randall Delgado.

The Washington Nationals had been rumored as a possible destination for the veteran, given that there is the possibility that rotation ace Stephen Strasburg may have to be shut down for the year soon.

So far this year, Dempster is 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 15 starts. He has also thrown 77 strikeouts, has walked only 27 batters and has allowed only seven home runs this season. The next time that the Braves play the Nationals, the Nats better be ready to go against him.

For more on the Nationals and the trade deadline, stick with this stream and SB Nation's Nationals blog Federal Baseball. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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