With free agency underway the Washington Nationals need to be selective on who they bring into the organization. They would be wise to avoid these three players.
After the season the Washington Nationals endured, changes to the roster need to be made. Along with the players whose contracts expired, the Nationals declined team (or their part of mutual) options on four others.
With these moves freeing up a lot of money (and boy do we like to spend other people’s money) fans have be frothing at the mouth in anticipation of which big name free agent the Nationals are going to sign.
For the Nationals to compete next year, they do most likely need to sign a big name free agent, one which will not come cheap. How the Nationals use their funds (to avoid going over the luxury tax threshold) will determine how competitive the team will be this year.
The Nationals have several holes to fill, at positions like catcher, first basemen, left fielder, and someone to man the backend of the starting rotation.
While the Nationals should be having conversations with a lot of different players and doing their due diligence, they should not feel obligated to make a big splash in the market this year. This team can be rebuilt around current stars without handing out contracts which may come back to bite them later.
For this reason, we look at three players the Nationals should avoid in free agency this year.