Staff Contributor Frank Ellis:
You can look at this one of two ways, “Yay, we still have our future,” or, “one big piece would’ve really put us over the top.” I personally am disappointed, this trade would’ve left a solid farm in the aftermath and given us an even better starting rotation.
Also would’ve easily given us the flexibility to shop Gio Gonzalez and refill the farm or bullpen. Now we are left to look at the free agents and hope we make the smart acquisitions we need to improve upon a wonderful 2016.
Ideally we get a defined closer, a strong outfield bat and some bench help. I really think the Nats are just as strong as their were in 2016 entering 2017, but they have the chance to be a next-level team if they pull the trigger and make the right moves.