3. Nationals Add More Pitching Depth
This seems like the most likely to happen on the list. The Nationals have already signed Trevor Williams to the starting rotation and re-signed Erasmo Ramirez to the bullpen, but there’s not reason they can’t continue to improve upon what was the worst pitching staff in baseball last season. And it seems like the Nationals are trying to do just that, as it was recently reported the Nationals are still in on Seth Lugo. They’ll have to fight off some other teams to sign Lugo, but it is reassuring to know the Nationals are at least looking to continue to add pitching.
Whether they are able to add Lugo, which would be great, or if they find help elsewhere, they just need more. You’re hoping for big jumps from your young guys and bounce back performances from others, but pitching depth has seemingly always been an issue for this team. Mike Rizzo has typically done well with his Minor League Deals, such as signing Anibal Sanchez and Sean Doolittle last season, but this year, we are wishing to start the year with depth. Players like Williams, Lugo and others that have experience both starting games and coming out of the bullpen would be incredibly valuable to this team.