Arguably the best hitter in Washington’s lineup, Thomas’ trade value may be higher than expected. His hitting numbers are solid, .822 OPS and 35 RBIs (both team leading), but even his defense alone could draw attention. Thomas is second in the National League in outfield assists with six. He’s tied with the likes of Ronald Acuna, and Nick Castellanos (behind only Fernando Tatis Jr.).
Thomas has been valuable for Nationals, but his days in Washington seem numbered. The top three prospects in Washington’s system are all outfielders. James Wood and Robert Hassel III are both expected to arrive next year. There is a case to keep Thomas and pair him with the two young guns, but this is the highest his trade value may ever be. Not to mention Elijah Green could be up sooner than expected. As it stands, Thomas could be Washington’s lone all-star and still moved by the deadline.
Possible Destinations: Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox