Washington Nationals: Ranking the Positions of Need

The Nationals were a surprise to many last season, but now are a surprise for their relatively quiet offseason. Of all of their areas of need, what positions are most important?

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4. Bullpen

This is the low hanging fruit and applies to about 28 of the 30 teams, but the Nationals still have a clear divide in their bullpen.

On the top end side, they have some guys - some arms that have proven capable of locking down games and performing in high leverage situations. Players like Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harvey, Jordan Weems and Mason Thompson, who I expect to bounce back in 2024 with proper usage, are all quality arms in the Nationals' bullpen.

The issue was that Davey Martinez rode these arms a lot, as he has done historically, and it led to overuse and subsequent injury and poor performance. The Front Office's job, should they choose to accept, is to bridge the gap between the 'A' Bullpen and the 'B' Bullpen so that if the Nationals find themselves in a litany of one run, close games again this season, they will have better depth and be more prepared.

The Nationals did sign Dylan Floro earlier this offseason, which was a savvy move as he is a great bounce-back candidate, but they could still use more, particularly in the Left-Handed reliever department. Every arm helps and the Nationals could use it.

Possible Fits: Matt Moore, Wandy Peralta, Jake Diekman