The Washington Nationals landed a key piece on day three of the Winter Meetings but it didn’t come cheap. Adam Eaton becomes a Nat.
The Washington Nationals missed on some chances to add players early in the Winter Meetings, but their fortunes changed on the third day.
The Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox.
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The acquisition of Eaton is huge because he plays stellar defense, is under team control until 2021 and it allows Trea Turner to return to his natural position, which is at shortstop.
The Nats fell short in earlier attempts to make roster upgrades, but the addition of Eaton is a step in the right direction.
The team is also in discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire reliever Alex Colome, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
The acquisition of a closer has been one of the primary objectives for the Nationals at the meetings.
Davis was going to be an attractable option for teams looking for relief help once Mark Melancon was off the board.
This move impacts the Nats as the right-handed reliever would have been the ideal candidate to close for them.
Some other moves that happened on day three involved division-rival Miami Marlins.
These deals don’t have too much of an impact on the Nats as they’re minor in the grand scheme of things.
Desmond had a solid year for the Texas Rangers in 2016 and earned a significant raise in salary. Desmond was a possible option for the Nationals, but they now have Eaton.