The biggest splash on this list, José Ramírez would provide a huge boost to the offense. The three-time All-Star would add instant protection for Soto and can hold down the hot corner for the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old has two years left on his contract at a team-friendly rate.
Last year he slashed .266/.355/.538, with 36 homers, and 103 RBIs. Defensively, he has 18 DRS and a 23.7 UZR at third. He would be just what the team has been missing since losing Anthony Rendon in free agency.
A player of his magnitude would cost a fortune and this goes against protecting the farm, but a player of Ramírez’s caliber doesn’t come around often.
We continue the trend of the Nationals targeting relievers who have yet to fully break out, but have shown a glimpse of what they can do. The Royals Joel Payamps is no exception. The 27-year-old started the season with Toronto before being shipped to Kansas City, posting a 3.40 ERA, with 38 strikeouts, and a 4.10 FIP between the two teams. Payamps struggled at times with the Royals, posting a 4.43 ERA in 20 1/3 innings, but he adds more depth to the pen.
Ian Krol started made his MLB debut with the Nats in 2013 before being traded to the Tigers as part of the Doug Fister trade. After bouncing around the league, Krol is another candidate to test out in the bullpen, having posted a 4.34 ERA, with 18 strikeouts, and a 3.92 FIP in 18 2/3 innings. If it isn’t obvious, the Nats bullpen is lacking in talent and depth.
The Twins are on the verge of a full-blown rebuild and should look to capitalize on trading their core before it’s to late. If they do go down that route, Miguel Sanó is an intriguing fit for the Nats. He has hit 25+ homers in four of his seven seasons and would slide in at DH. A streaky player, Sano has yet to post two consecutive solid seasons. But a trade might be just the wake-up call he needs.
After moving him from the rotation to the bullpen, Reynaldo López finally was able to put it together, posting a 3.43 ERA in 20 appearances (9 starts). Lopez was part of the Adam Eaton trade back in 2016 and was once seen as a part of the Nats rotational future. This time around, Lopez can help stabilize the bullpen, while being an occasional spot starter.