Will Harris, Starlin Castro, Asdrúbal Cabrera, Daniel Hudson, Eric Thames. GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office have been busy over the last few days, as they have continued to build the roster for the defense of Washington’s World Series title. What will Rizzo do next?
The offer to Josh Donaldson is still on the table according to a number of reports out there.
While we wait to see how Rizzo solves third base, catch up on all the latest news.
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Nationals Sign Daniel Hudson:
Daniel Hudson, Nationals agree to two-year, $11 million deal - (WaPost)
"The Washington Nationals made another big decision regarding their bullpen Monday, this time agreeing to a two-year, $11 million deal to bring back reliever Daniel Hudson..."
Source: Hudson returning to Nats on two-year deal - (MASN)
"Once completed, Hudson would rejoin a Nationals bullpen that on paper looks much stronger now than it did for most of the 2019 season, when it ranked among the majors’ worst units."
When you pause an in-depth Star Wars discussion because you find out your team signed your boy (@whatwouldDOOdo when learning about Hudson’s return): pic.twitter.com/8ySYWqfcl4— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) January 7, 2020
Nats, reliever Hudson reach 2-year deal (source) - (MLB.com)
"So all of a sudden, a weakness in 2019 is beginning to have the makeup of a strength for Washington in ’20."
Nationals Sign Eric Thames:
Eric Thames, Nationals agree on one-year deal - (WaPost)
"The Thames deal comes after the Nationals signed reliever Will Harris on Thursday and agreed to terms with infielder Starlin Castro, infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera and reliever Daniel Hudson in the following days."
Nats find new lefty first baseman in free agent Eric Thames - (MASN)
"Thames, who must pass a physical before the deal is official, will earn a $3 million salary this year, with a $1 million buyout of a mutual option for 2021 likely to be enacted after the season."
Even after all their recent spending and signings, Nats are leaving offer on table to Donaldson and would welcome him to team. Doesn’t make them favorites but they have not completely given up. Rival Braves actually seen as likely favorite, Twins among those also in.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 7, 2020
Thames to Nationals on 1-year deal (source) - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals are still hopeful they can bring Josh Donaldson to D.C., but they continued their offseason of Plan B early Monday evening by agreeing with free-agent first baseman Eric Thames..."
The addition of Eric Thames leaves questions surrounding Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Donaldson - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The addition of Thames likely doesn’t rule out Washington bringing back Zimmerman, as the team could shift Kendrick into a timeshare with Castro at second base while starting Cabrera and Trea Turner at third and shortstop, respectively."
Random Nationals Story:
Remade bullpen looks promising, but is it enough? - (MASN)
"Put [Will] Harris and [Daniel] Hudson with [Sean] Doolittle and the Nationals probably have their best late-inning trio since the 'Law Firm' bullpen of Doolittle, Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler shut down opponents late in the 2017 season."
Best way for starters to recover from a long October?— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 7, 2020
A deeper bullpen. @StevePhillipsGM | #Nationals pic.twitter.com/jFUGE4oXTz
Nationals Reportedly Keep Offer Open To Josh Donaldson - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Donaldson had been said to be dangling bait to interested teams, indicating he’d sign with the first club to meet an asking price in the vicinity of $110MM."
Starlin Castro Signing Only Raises More Questions - (Fangraphs)
"Quietly toiling in obscurity down in Miami, Castro produced a strange season in 2019. Over the first three months of the campaign, he was one of the worst players in the league."
The Mets and Nationals are taking opposite approaches to solving their bullpen woes - (New York Daily News)
"The Nationals and Mets finished just seven games apart in the NL East. But even after Washington’s World Series win, the second and third place teams still have plenty in common heading into the new season."
Here's how every team's OD roster could look - (MLB.com)
"Stephen Strasburg is back, but Anthony Rendon is gone. So now the Josh Donaldson question looms over the defending World Series champions just like it does over Atlanta."