The Washington Nationals were in need of more outfield help and they went out and got some on Thursday with the acquisition of Denard Span in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. The Washington outfield will consist of Span, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth when the 2013 season gets underway. Span is a career .284 hitter and hit .283 with four home runs and 41 RBIs in 516 at-bats for the Twins in 2012.
It was obvious from the playoffs that the Nationals needed to find another outfielder to go with Harper and Werth. They now can play Harper in left with Span in center and Werth in right field, which will stop Harper and Werth from having to move around the outfield from day to day. The biggest thing to me is the fact that with the quality pitching staff that the Nationals have with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann leading the way, there is no reason why Washington can’t make another run toward a divisional title in 2013.
The National League East has got a bit better in the off-season with the Atlanta Braves signing B.J. Upton on Wednesday and with the talent that the Philadelphia Phillies have, it’s going to be a tough road for the Nationals, but their pitching will push them over the top. It will be something to watch for next week when the winter meetings get underway to see if either the Braves or Phillies try to go out and find another player to counteract what the Nationals have been doing.