The Washington Nationals will have to do some soul searching during the All-Star Break and heading into trade season.

At 45-41, Washington remains mired in mediocrity. But it’s just 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and would be a wild card team if the season ended today.

How the next couple weeks play out could determine Washington’s future. That includes a potential fire sale.

In talking about this possibility, primarily ace starter Max Scherzer, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo didn’t completely close the door.