Washington Nationals: Five Bold Off-season moves to win the 2022 World Series

Joseph Edelen
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Houston Astros in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros with a score of 6 to 2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Houston Astros in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros with a score of 6 to 2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 20: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Washington Nationals rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on June 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Sign OF/DH Kyle Schwarber

To round out the 2022 offseason, the Nationals should look to their old friend, Kyle Schwarber. A reunion with Schwarber is certainly in the cards even if the Nationals don’t aim to win the World Series in 2022. After a productive 2021 that included an absolute tear in the month of June, Schwarber would be the perfect guy for the Nationals to sign.

When Schwarber was with the Nationals in 2021, he primarily hit leadoff, but the acquisition of Merrifield would allow Schwarber to hit in the middle of the order. This provides the opportunity for Schwarber to drive in more runs and lengthen the lineup.

After these acquisitions, this is how the Nationals rotation and lineup would stand for 2022:

SP Stephen Strasburg

SP Justin Verlander

SP Patrick Corbin

SP Joe Ross

SP Josiah Gray

2B Whit Merrifield

RF Juan Soto

SS Carlos Correa

LF Kyle Schwarber

1B Josh Bell

3B Alcides Escobar

C Keibert Ruiz

CF Victor Robles

With these acquisitions, I firmly believe that the Nationals could win the 2022 World Series. Is this a realistic scenario? Perhaps not. But should the Lerners decide to go all in, this is how the Nats can contend for a title in 2022.

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