The offseason signing have already started, with the Washington Nationals divisional foe drawing first blood. According to MLB.com, the Philadelphia Phillies signed 36-year-old Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal in the hopes of contending in the NL East this season.
The Nationals' pursuit of making a splash in the free-agent market this offseason should begin soon after seeing their divisional rivals waste no time in making the first move.
While names such as Robinson Cano and Brian McCann have been drawing interest from a number of teams, there are other players available this offseason. The Nationals need to focus on players who will be beneficial and more realistic for their needs.
The Nationals could use a starting pitcher who is capable of being a strong part of their rotation for the next few years as well as a first baseman who can come in and relieve Adam LaRoche of his inconstancy at first base.
Let's take a look at some moves that could ultimately prove to be invaluable in this club's success for the 2014 season.