The Washington Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak Friday but they didn't improve their standing. The Philadelphia Phillies remain 10 games ahead in the NL East.
However, what if the front office's aggressive offer doesn't get it done?
Paulsen argues the Nationals are at a crossroads: What kind of franchise are they going to be? One that signs homegrown talent who they "watched turn into a star" or one that continues to let it walk out the door saving their money for other team's free agents?
"I get what (the Nationals) did with Harper," Paulsen said Friday. "At some point, you gotta figure out what we want to be here? What market are we in?"
Part of the question will depend upon what happens in the next several weeks of play. If the ballclub can turn this awful start around, keeping Rendon through the season is a given and the organization can budget for a hefty extension and prepare an offer.
But if the Nationals continue to stumble, the decision becomes easier to make but harder for fans to swallow: Trading Rendon may be the smart move.
To Samson, part of staring over included attempting to sign Rendon long-term, but also be willing to trade him if Washington can get solid pieces in return.
With two months before the trade deadline, Rizzo isn't ready to toss in the towel on the 2019 season.
(Listen to the full interview here.)