Washington Nationals: Opening Day 2017 Roster Projection

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Feb 16, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Washington Nationals teammates warm up during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 16, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Washington Nationals teammates warm up during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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INF Stephen Drew

When the Washington Nationals traded Danny Espinosa to the Los Angeles of Anaheim, it was clear that they had to bring Drew back to D.C. Mike Rizzo and the front office did just that as Drew agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million (made $3 million last season).

Drew appeared in 70 games for the Nats and hit .266 with eight home runs and 21 RBI’s. Three of those home runs came while being a pinch-hitter and his six RBI’s were tied with Jayson Werth for the most on the team in those situations.

Since Baker likes to give his players days off whenever he can, Drew is valuable to the team for his versatility in the infield. In 2016, he played 21 games at second base and 12 games at both shortstop and third base.

In late July, Drew went on the disabled list due to vertigo-like symptoms. When he came back off the DL in September, he helped out the Nats in their push for the NL East title. Over the final 52 at-bats of the regular season, he hit .308 with a home run, five RBI’s, and an on-base percentage of .393.

Since Drew should make the team, it allows Wilmer Difo to play everyday in the minor leagues as he continues to develop. With Drew back, the Washington Nationals now have the veteran utility infielder he needed. He surprised some people in 2016 and it shouldn’t be surprising if he puts up the same production this year.

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