The Washington Nationals and their struggles on offense have been well documented this season, especially after Bryce Harper missed 38 games. The team is currently 46-42, which is disappointing given their championship aspirations before the season started and the progress they made entering the playoffs last year.
The good news for Nationals is the fact the NL East is a two team race at the moment with the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals are currently four games back in the division as well as the wild card. They will definitely need another jolt to put them back to where they were last year, and that candidate could be Alejandro De Aza of the Chicago White Sox.
The Nationals are currently 23rd in the majors in home runs with 79, and even though the team has picked it up a bit in that category since Harper returned from his knee injury, the offense needs a player that’s a home run threat. De Aza has a career high of 10 home runs in the first half of this season for the White Sox, which is tied for seventh most among all center fielders in the majors.
De Aza is not a household name, but the Nationals could certainly use a home run threat. They are not getting that at this point from current center fielder Denard Span, who has zero home runs so far to go along with 22 RBI and a batting average of .267.
A player like De Aza could do just enough as the Nationals will continue to rely on their pitching from the starters to the bullpen as the entire unit ranks fifth in the majors with a 3.58 ERA.
De Aza would also come relatively cheap being due just over $2 million this season. It is unclear at this point if the White Sox would be willing to part with the 29 year old center fielder, but with a 34-51 record, the White Sox could listen to the right offer. It isn’t a flashy move, but it’s a move that could be made on the cheap without moving key parts while staying in playoff contention.