MLB Rumors: Washington Nationals Are Willing to Boost Payroll

By Kenny DeJohn

MLB Rumors are circling like crazy as we approach the 2012 MLB trade deadline, and many teams are looking to upgrade any way they see fit.

The Washington Nationals are a team with a few holes to be addressed, although they’ve been relatively quiet in the MLB Rumors mill up to this point.

Acquiring an outfielder would seem to be the most obvious choice for general manager Mike Rizzo, even if it be at the expense of first baseman Adam LaRoche.

If LaRoche were to be sent packing, left fielder Michael Morse could play first. Bryce Harper could stay in center field with Jayson Werth playing right when he returns. This would leave an open outfield spot for a potential newcomer.

Such a move would be made possible (and much easier) if the Lerner family, owners of the Nationals, were willing to boost payroll.

Well, it turns out that they’re willing to do just that.

Jon Paul Morosi of reports that Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner has told Rizzo that he has the freedom to add payroll at this deadline if that’s what needs to be done to improve the club.

With the team on the verge of making its first postseason berth since moving to the Washington, D.C. area prior to the 2005 season, Lerner does not want money to be the only thing in the way of it happening.

Being able to add payroll will give Washington an enormous advantage. They could potentially acquire better talent for less if they are content with offering more money to the other team. This makes them players with nearly all of the MLB Rumors.

They can keep their system’s top prospects and instead offer to pay large amounts of the incoming contracts. Teams with stricter budgetary constraints would not be able to make such a compromise.

Let the MLB Rumors keep on coming.

While it’s still unknown as to whether or not the Nationals will actually make a big move at the deadline, Lerner has set them up to be in a great position to do so.


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