Completely agree, though that's not to say I think they should be actively looking to trade them. However, if Washington - just as a made-up example - were willing to give up Strasburg for one of the three plus a mid-tier prospect, wouldn't that be pretty appealing? Or even one of them straight up for Scherzer (or some real reckless speculation here: Strasburg and Scherzer for 2 of the 3, plus 2-3 mid-tier prospects). Our lineup backing up Scherzer/Strasburg, Berrios, Perez in a short playoff series inspires a lot more confidence than Berrios, Perez, Gibson/Odo.
I don't see Washington trading either... They are having a bad year, but I think they are more likely to get rid of expiring contracts... But let's say one is on the market, yeah, we're sending one of the top 3 their way. No way around that. I guess the question is who.
I'd side with sending Kirilloff away personally, though I wouldn't lose sleep over Lewis or Graterol. My preference though would be to keep them. If I were to create an untouchables list, it would probably be starting pitching candidates such as Blazovich or Graterol… Flip side on Graterol though is that he's always hurt, so perhaps he's the guy to send packing. I'm a bit leery of pitchers who have great upside but cannot stay healthy.
The nice thing about the way this team is composed is that I don't think they will need to raid the farm system to strengthen themselves for the playoffs. They can sign Kimbrel if they think he can contribute (and I've got to think he'd be interested in coming here right now too). That's just cash. I think they should pick up one more reliever via trade. Will Smith or someone like that would certainly work. He won't come cheap, but he won't cost one of the top prospects.
I do think that some of our AAA pitching gets sent away. I'm fine with that too. None of them are going to be top pieces in a trade, but we have too many and they are still useful as 2nd/3rd pieces. Plus, a tanking team can develop a guy like that in the majors and potentially flip him for prospects in a few years even if he turns out to be mediocre.