While the free-agent market is full of intriguing talent, it is in Washington’s best interest to also keep an eye on the trade market.
Third Base. Second Base. Outfield. Catcher. Starting Rotation. Bullpen. The Washington Nationals have plenty of holes to fix this off-season and only a projected $47 million to work with. Expect the free-agent market to move at a snail’s pace, with teams licking their wounds from financial losses due to COVID. Only a few teams will be willing to spend big this winter and while the major free agents will get paid, many will be left out in the cold.
With an uncertain off-season, Washington should do its due diligence and target the trade market. Yes, they have a very empty farm system, but if the team wants to keep their window open, they will need to give up talent to receive talent. Multiple key names have been rumored in trade talks with Fransisco Lindor and Nolan Arenado being the cream of the crop. Washington will be out on both, but can still find some hidden gems that would help bring the Nationals closer to competing once again.
With that being said, here are three players the Nationals should attempt to trade for.