Despite the fact that the Washington Nationals have been plagued by injuries, they are still in first place of the NL East. With that being said, there is still room for improvement.
The Nationals have the potential to be pretty active before the trade deadline on July 31st. There are a few things to look for to try and figure out what your team will do as far are trades are concerned.
First, which teams are going to be buyers and sellers. Teams that are going to be out of playoff contention will most likely be looking to trade players to get younger potential talent. Teams that are still in contention will be looking to find that missing piece that will push them over the top. The Nationals will obviously be buyers.
The next thing you need to know is where your team can improve, and the positions they are going to look at. For the Nationals, they will be looking for a catcher and a center fielder.
Starting catcher Wilson Ramos will be out for the year, and Jesus Flores has not done the best of jobs behind the plate. The Nats don't have a solid center fielder, and have made it clear that rookie Bryce Harper is not a long-term solution in center. Rick Ankiel is getting older and has not been as productive as Washington would like out of the center field position.
Lastly, you must look at what you have to offer, and what teams will be looking for. The Nationals have no shortage of starting pitching, and they also have four left fielders on the roster.
With all of that in mind, here are five players that the Nationals should target in free agency.