By Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — The MLB trade market is building to a fever pitch.

The Nationals, believed to be in pursuit of relief help, have prospects everybody wants, but appear reluctant to deal any of them.

Days ago, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote of the Nationals’ interest in Aroldis Chapman — before he was eventually traded to the Cubs — saying they had five “untouchables,” those being Joe Ross, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Trea Turner and Victor Robles.

That prevailing wisdom has carried into subsequent trade talks, even as Washington’s need for a closer becomes increasingly apparent. One thing has remained clear: Giolito is untouchable.

Until he’s not.

According to Jon Morosi, the Nats may be willing to part with Giolito if it meant completing a one-for-one deal for Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, who’s controllable through 2018.

Oddly enough, the Yankees — who temporarily stunted the trade market with the king’s ransom they received for Chapman — do not feel Giolito, the top prospect in baseball, would be an adequate return.

And, in the endless swirl of the trade rumor mill, nothing is ever entirely as it seems until a deal is on the table. Former Nats GM Jim Bowden weighs in:

“They are sticking with their long term plan of having three potential or already-number-one starters in [Max] Scherzer, [Stephen] Strasburg and eventually Giolito,” Bowden went on to write.

The trade deadline arrives Aug. 1, which means this could be one exciting weekend.

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