Along with Goodwin, Michael Taylor is the name the Nats will hear about most this winter. Coming off his breakout 2017, his trade value is at his zenith.
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Washington has needs. They also have a surplus of young outfield talent on the verge of breaking through at a top-level. Any trade is a gamble but, if they are committed to holding on to the blue-chip prospects, Taylor provides the best return on a deal.
Taylor’s growth through the year is remarkable. He has learned to be productive as a bottom-of-the-lineup hitter aggressive at the plate. Add his tremendous range and speed in center and he has earned a starting job in 2018.
Which is why he is on the top of other team’s trading list. Taylor has made the adjustment to a full-time starter.
Although we expect the Nats to fill their want list either through free agency or quiet trades, sometimes things happen. Robles and Stevenson are so close to making the permanent jump to the majors. The temptation is there.
Ideally, Washington can land their needed starter, catcher and bench depth without a major shakeup. But, chances are slim someone on the major-league roster does not get moved. Taylor is the biggest name to watch.