By Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — This one will throw you for a loop: The Nationals have inquired with the Blue Jays about outfielder Jose Bautista’s availability, according to The Post’s Barry Svrluga.

This serves as a useful reminder of the volatility of MLB’s trade deadline, which arrives a day late this year on Aug. 1. See, while you were busy wondering if the Nats would give up Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez for controllable Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, Washington was over here making calls about power bats.

One way to combat the Cubs’ stellar bullpen, which just got a heck of a lot stronger with the addition of non-human ex-Yankee Aroldis Chapman, might be to shore up your own bullpen.

Or… you could just acquire one of the game’s best power hitters and try to bludgeon your opponents into submission. Who needs a bullpen, then?

Anyway, life comes at you fast, and some Jays fans seem to have tricked themselves into a conniption after speed-reading Svrluga’s news on Twitter. Remember: The Nats have “inquired” about Bautista; they haven’t “acquired” him.

There are several reasons to be skeptical about such a trade happening. First and foremost, Toronto, two games behind the Orioles in the American League East and in control of the AL’s first Wild Card spot, is currently in line to make the playoffs.

Secondly, Bautista is a 10-5 player — meaning he’s been in the Majors for at least 10 years and has spent five years with his current team — so he would have to agree to the trade, which, as Washington fans learned with Brandon Phillips, doesn’t always work out.

Related: Nats Agree to Acquire Brandon Phillips

Also Related: Nats No Longer Expected to Acquire Phillips

Finally, consider Washington would probably have to give up a haul to land Bautista.

Although, if the Blue Jays start thinking they’re a few pieces too short of a World Series run, they could decide to cash in on Bautista’s expiring contract. They could, after all, re-sign him after the season.

Opinion: Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos and Bautista at the heart-of-the-order (please let this happen).

Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter.


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