The Nats offensive issues are not easily solved. Everyone is entrenched in their position, except for RF which is just waiting for Werth to come back. While there is talent at nearly every position there isn't THAT much talent. Sure if the Nats are hitting on all cylinders they can score some runs but you don't usually do that. Usually some guys are hot, some are cold, and the rest are average. Like right now, Zimm is super hot, Danny is doing ok. Meanwhile Bryce is ice cold and the rest of the every day players are doing mediocre at best. Ian back in the lineup will help but he's just one bat.
The only place the Nats do have a spot that isn't committed to someone is at catcher. With Ramos on the sidelines with a serious injury and no good back-up in place (sorry Flores you had your shot) the Nats may be able to get a cheap boost of offense from a rental catcher. But who's available?
MLBTradeRumors gives us the following list: Kurt Suzuki, Ramon Hernandez, Geovany Soto, Kelly Shoppach, Humberto Quintero. Any of them worth it? For comparison Flores is hitting .234 / .273 / .348.
Suzuki - .216 / .252 / .267. At 28 Suzuki shouldn't be done, but he seems like he fell off a cliff. Even if you like him (Maybe Gio puts in a good word), he's signed for some decent money next season which the Nats would have to eat (or play him Ramos may need the time)
Hernandez - .206 /.248 /.373. Still pretty decent power and was hitting as recently as last year. At 36 though you really can believe he's done. If you can't hit in Colorado then where can you? Also he too is signed for next year.
Soto - .189 / .268 / .351. Like Ramon, was hitting ok the past few seasons. Like Ramon terrible this year. He's under team control so that's something but that means a lot less at 29.
Shoppach - .263 / .358 / .516. A guy who's hitting, finally! Shoppach has sat a lot, missed most tough righties, but if you can ignore that he's done rather well. His recent number suggest he's fluking into a good year (nearly .400 BABIP) but there's nothing wrong with grabbing someone while they are hot and hoping to ride it out. The longer the Red Sox stay in the hunt though the less likely a deal is made.
Quintero - .232 /.257 / .341. Yes he is available. Certainly so. Moving on.
If you made me choose, I guess I might try Soto or Hernandez, but it would have to be for next to nothing. Hernandez's salary next year is low enough to eat. Soto's won't be terribly high either. Both seem to have a little bad luck pushing their averages down, but then again they are aging catchers and those guys tend to be slow and have low BABIPs. Their power is still decent. I guess I like Soto actually a little better.
The most intriguing possible available player is the Blue Jays JP Arencibia, He had some nice power and average numbers in the minors (and not just in the PCL) and has hung on in the majors. At 26 he might have a few surprisingly good years left. But the Blue Jays are trying for the WC and their catcher of the future Travis d'Arnaud is out with a serious injury. Which means they'd have to bomb out quickly AND have a strong sense d'Arnaud is ok for the future to make any deal. I'm not sure that will happen.
I guess if I were in Mike Rizzo's shoes, Soto for a middle reliever might be worth a try. Mattheus? Arnesen? These guys are back of the pen material for the Nats and at age 28, aren't young guys you worry about losing. Or maybe a AA or low A guy who is actually young but is only potential now. Chances of losing a lights out closer from someone like that is slim (look at H-Rod). But if he wants to roll with Flores I can't hardly blame him. There's no guarantee of help out there.