The Nationals Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Braves
By Larry Rupp
The Washington Nationals will aim to bounce back from an up-and-down 2021 season and return to their winning ways this summer. Of course, anything is possible with All-Star Juan Soto leading the way. That doesn't mean that this roster is completely filled with talent at every position, though.
Washington features little to no depth in the outfield due to the simple fact is that Lane Thomas and Victor Robles have done nothing to prove that they are everyday players. That is why the Nationals should steal outfielder Eddie Rosario away from the divisional rival Atlanta Braves.
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Keep in mind both Thomas and Robles own a career batting average of under .240. They have also combined to post just 13 home runs and 64 RBI since the start of the 2020 season. It would be much better for them to act as a platoon in one of the outfield spots rather than have each one play.
That is where Rosario could step in and help. The 30-year-old slugger rejuvenated his career over the course of 33 games with the Braves last season. He slashed .271/.330/.573 during that span with 7 home runs and 16 RBI before going on to have one of the best postseason performances in history.
Rosario ended the year on a hot streak and looked like the player that drove in 109 runs backs in 2018. If he can even get close to keeping up that pace, it's possible the Nationals find another starting outfielder for years to come. It's all about taking a chance on a veteran looking for a new home.
For now, Washington remains a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +15000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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