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5 Realistic Moves the Washington Nationals Could Make This Offseason

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5 Realistic Offseason Moves Washington Nationals Should Consider

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This coming offseason could be a fun one for the Washington Nationals. They don’t have really any areas that need a fix, but they have the cash in their pocket to be able to make some serious upgrades.

The biggest place where they would be able to make an upgrade would be on the free agent market. There are a number of starting pitchers, second basemen and relief pitchers available that are well within their $86 million budget. We’ve already discussed a couple in Ubaldo Jimenez and Jason Marquis.

They could also look to the bullpen as an area that just needs a little more support, maybe another left-hander for when new manager Matt Williams wants to play the chess game. Like the situation with starting pitchers and second basemen, there are a few relief pitchers available that are well within their price range.

Of course, we could see a trade. Word is getting around that general manager Mike Rizzo is open to trading for a starting pitcher, say David Price or Max Scherzer. Washington has plenty of assets that they could put in a package deal to make something like that happen.

On the following five slides you’ll find five realistic moves that the Washington Nationals could make this offseason. This involves players that they could trade away to players that could likely go out and sign. Is this a prediction article? No, it’s not. However, don’t be too surprised if any one or two of these things happen between now and the start of Spring Training in February.

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5. Boost the Bullpen

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The bullpen lacked last year, and they are needing a strong left-handed hurler in the ‘pen. J.P. Howell or Manny Para are both two candidates that could fill that role. This likely isn’t near the top of the priority list, but it’s on there and the bullpen is definitely a place that needs to be addressed.

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4. Sign Jason Marquis

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Marquis was a National not too long ago and he’s available if Washington wants to get him back. As a starter for the San Diego Padres in 2013, Marquis finished 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA. He’s not ace material, but he could certainly fill in the back end of the rotation quite nicely. He’ll also be much cheaper than Ubaldo Jimenez.

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3. Sign Ubaldo Jimenez

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Jimenez is formerly of the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians. After a 9-17 record with a 5.40 ERA effort in 2012, he returned to form in 2013 with a 13-9 record and 3.30 ERA performance. Washington needs to address the back end of their rotation this offseason. Signing Jimenez would be a great addition that is well within their range.

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2. Trade for Max Scherzer

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Recently talk has heated up regarding the Nationals possibly cutting a deal with the Detroit Tigers to acquire Max Scherzer. Scherzer would bring a veteran arm and only boost the rotation. He’s not cheap, but Washington has deep pockets. While this seems like a fantasy deal for Washington, it’s not that farfetched.

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1. Trade for David Price

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Much like Scherzer, trading with the Tampa Bay Rays for David Price is well within Washington’s reach, as well. There has already been plenty of speculation about this coming true, so keep an eye on this situation.