Nationals: Three Players Washington Should Trade For

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 27, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 27, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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Starling Marte
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Starling Marte #6 of the Miami Marlins in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2020 in New York City. The Marlins defeated the Yankees 4-3 in ten innings and clinched a playoff spot. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Starling Marte

The Miami Marlins traded for Marte at the trade deadline and recently picked up his $12.5 million option for 2021. Despite this, the Marlins could still flip the 32-year-old. After making the playoffs for the first time since 2003 on the back of a promising starting rotation, the Marlins could view that they are not ready to contend. If that is the case, trading Marte could help cut payroll while also bringing back some value. This is where the Nationals come in.

After declining the option on Adam Eaton, Washington is searching for a new starting outfielder. After shifting Juan Soto to right at the end of the 2020 season, it seems the plan is for Soto to stick in right for the foreseeable future. Marte who mainly plays left but could also take over in center would immediately be a huge boost defensively. Over his nine-year career, the two-time Gold Glover has 76 outfield assists and 59 DRS. Marte’s best defensive numbers have come from left.

Offensively, Marte is a table-setter, seen by his career batting average and wRC+ of .287 and 116 respectively. In Washington, Victor Robles should lead off, while Marte, Soto, and Trea Turner follow him respectively. This would add another consistent bat while fixing the top of the lineup.

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Dangling one of the team’s pitching prospects such as Seth Romero or Wil Crowe as conversation starters could interest the Marlins, who will be looking for MLB-ready talent.

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