Washington Nationals: Looking ahead to the team’s 2019/20 free agents

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his first-inning, three-run home run against the New York Mets with teammates in the dugout at Citi Field on April 18, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his first-inning, three-run home run against the New York Mets with teammates in the dugout at Citi Field on April 18, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Even though this year’s offseason is far from done, we look ahead to the Washington Nationals 2019/20 free agents, which could cause plenty of change.

The Washington Nationals are still wrapping up the final pieces in their offseason puzzle as they gear up for the 2019 season. But with the supposed “hot stove” about as ice cold as it gets, we look ahead to what might transpire with the team’s possible free agents a year from now.

Just as this year the Nats had a marquee free agent in Bryce Harper, they may well have another one next season, with Anthony Rendon entering his contract year. While he doesn’t necessarily have the same star-power as Harper, Rendon has often been the fan’s choice if there was ever a situation where only one could be extended.

But it’s not just Rendon who may be hitting the open market next winter. There are 10 Nationals who are either out of contract, posses an opt-out, or have some kind of player or team option. This could cause a fair amount of turnover.

The large turnover is unlikely given the specific contracts the Nationals have, but it gives them a lot of flexibility should they need it. They have several players with team options, which means they could easily be let go if they don’t meet the required standards.

In this article, we’re going to predict whether the several potential free agents the Nationals have next offseason will stay or go. First up is the newest member of the team who may well end up in the same situation next offseason.

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