Washington Nationals: Ranking the free agents team should re-sign

Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals leads off second base during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals leads off second base during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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The Washington Nationals have a few free agents of their own they should try to bring back this offseason.
Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals leads off second base during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

The Washington Nationals will have five true free agents entering this offseason. We’ll look at the likelihood each one is brought back next year.

With the 2020 season having already gone up in flames, we are going to turn our attention to the offseason for a moment. The Washington Nationals have five players who were with the team at the beginning of the season and will enter free agency at season’s end.

The Nationals do hold team or mutual options on four other players as well. There could be a scenario where the team declines the option and then renegotiates a contract.

Last offseason the Nationals declined the $9M team option on catcher Yan Gomes, and signed him to a new 2 YR/$10 contract.

For the purpose of this piece we will only be looking at the players who are true free agents, and ranking them based on the likelihood they are back in a Nationals uniform for next season.

One aspect to remember is the Washington Nationals had the oldest roster of any opening day team this year. The five pending free agents we will look at today are all veteran players who have been in the league several years.

Our ranking goes from least likely to be back, to most likely to re-sign with the Nationals.

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