Teams sign players to minor league contracts throughout the offseason to fill out minor league rosters and add depth. The Washington Nationals should sign theses three guys to compete for jobs at the big league level.
The free agent market remains slow and we sit around the hot stove waiting for teams to make some moves and light the fire. The Washington Nationals have only added a couple of players to the 40-man roster since the offseason began.
With the way transactions are moving at a snail’s pace and the economics of the game being the way they are, there will be a lot more minor league contracts offered than guaranteed major league jobs. Players used to being on a roster may have to prove themselves in spring training, after signing a minor league contract.
There has been some movement on the Nationals front as far as minor league contracts are concerned. They have brought back a few of their own minor league free agents, in Aaron Barrett and Brandon Snyder. Players who are long shots to make the opening day roster, though guys who have big league experience and can hold their own should injury force them into action.
Yasmany Tomas has already been signed to a minors pact and even though he has struggled the past a couple of years, if he is anywhere near the guy who put up huge numbers in 2016, he’ll be a great sign.
Here are three players who could be had on minor league contracts who can contribute to the Nationals at the big league level.