When the Nationals won the World Series in 2019, the roster was filled with a mix of both young and veteran talent. The mix of the two was a driving factor behind the Nats miraculous title run, as players like Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick guided the Nationals to their first World Series title since moving to the Nations’ Capital.
The Nationals’ 2019 roster had plenty of talent, but it was a rather unlikely bunch to win it all. In the course of Nationals’ history, we’ve seen loaded rosters that had never reached the success of the 2019 team.
The 2018 Nationals may have been the most loaded Nationals team of all time despite facing injuries throughout the season. Looking back now, the lineup resembles one that you’d only see in MLB The Show. The Nats’ lineup consisted of superstar talents like Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, and Anthony Rendon, however, the team just couldn’t put it together, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Like the 2018 Nats, the 2021 Dodgers proved that a loaded roster does not always guarantee you a World Series championship. Even after last July’s fire sale, the Nationals still have some core pieces in place from their championship team, so with the proper retooling, the Nats could turn their rebuild around rather quickly.
As is, the National’s current roster is rather young and inexperienced, so should Mike Rizzo and the Lerner’s decide to go all in, here are some bold offseason moves that could put the Nationals in position to win the 2022 World Series.