This offseason could be a fantastic one for the Washington Nationals. There are quality free agents on the market or minor league prospects just waiting to fill what needs the team has.
There is no reason why Washington should have a quiet offseason. There are plenty of moves to make, and they should be made. This team has deep pockets and are in contention for many of the top free agent players left on the market. They have recently been tabbed as one of the top suitors for second baseman Robinson Cano.
The Nationals have obvious holes in the bullpen, the back-end of the rotation and second base, and could use a boost whether it’s a veteran bench player or someone acquired to take over the job. It just so happens that all three of those spots have players available that are well within their range.
While I think that Washington should stay out of the Cano sweepstakes as it will hurt them more than help, the fact that he’s within their reach is a cool thought. Instead, they should stick with Anthony Rendon, but sign Rafael Furcal to provide some veteran support around the infield.
In the bullpen, Washington could use another left-handed arm. They recently brought Sammy Solis up to the 40-man roster, which is a great thing, but signing another one certainly won’t hurt. Pursuing J.P. Howell or Boone Logan would be well worth their time.
The final spot that needs upgrading and has plenty of options is the back-end of their rotation. They could stay in house and go with Taylor Jordan or Tanner Roark, or hit the free agent market and pursue Ubaldo Jimenez. If they want to play ‘let’s make a deal’, then add Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price to that list as well.
There’s absolutely no reason why GM Mike Rizzo can’t make immediate improvements to his ball club this offseason. The main areas of interest have plenty of options available, and the Nationals have all the flexibility to make things happen. With a solid offseason this year, they’ll be right back in contention in 2014.