September 17, 2021

Five Cost-Effective Free Agent Options for the Washington Nationals (Baseball Essential)

Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Howie Kendrick, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Hudson, Brian Dozier, and Asdrubal Cabrera, and Matt Adams are free agents. In an ideal world, the Washington Nationals keep the bulk, if not all of the aforementioned players.

At the same time, there’s a strong chance that some of them are playing elsewhere in 2020, meaning general manager Mike Rizzo has to be on the lookout for potential replacements. Here are five cost-effective free agent targets for the World Series-champion Nationals.

Jason Kipnis

The entire right side of the 2019 Nationals infield is on the open market, and Kipnis would be a savvy pickup.

Kipnis’ defense is the premier aspect of his game. He’s a vacuum at second base, turns double plays with ease, and has a highlight reel of pretty snags. Kipnis and Trea Turner would be a killer double-play duo.

While he has hit below .250 in each of the last three seasons, Kipnis has pop in his bat. From 2018-19 he totaled 35 home runs and 140 RBIs while missing some time due to injury. His left-handed bat would also provide some balance to the Nationals’ right-handed heavy order. Given the chance for him to start from the get-go, as…

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