The Toronto Blue Jays have been known to need some pitching in order to compete for a playoff spot. They first addressed it by getting Adam Cimber to be a reliable arm out of the pen. They now have traded for Brad Hand, who most consider to be the best lefty reliever on the market.
Hand has typically been pretty reliable for the many teams that he has played for throughout his career. He has been struggling a bit in his opening year with the Nationals who haven't been competing and are now open to selling.
The Jays still likely need to get maybe one more decent starter and another top level arm in the bullpen like Craig Kimbrel or possibly Richard Rodriguez. They are showing that they are getting ready to compete in a very tough division where some typical playoff teams won't make it.
Cesar Hernandez has also just been traded to a division rival Chicago White Sox. They have been riddled with injuries all year including their second baseman Nick Madrigal. They seem to have locked up their division but this move is about them trying to make a long playoff run and go deep in the postseason.
Moves will be coming quicker, as Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are not in the lineup today and likely are going to get traded very soon and that could happen today.
Max Scherzer makes his start today, in what could be his final start as a National. He has been rumored to be heading to the west coast, where he will be on a contending team and could help ma team big time. His start today could determine if he gets traded or not or the type of package the Nats get in return. Watch out for many big trades that likely could go down today.