Moves Washington Nationals Must Try to Pull off at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IDecember 5, 2013

Moves Washington Nationals Must Try to Pull off at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings

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    The Washington Nationals have a solid team entering the 2014 season, which leaves little room for moves to be made. However, there are a few big names still available via trade or free agency that could make this squad one of the best in all of baseball.

    There are usually some pretty big moves made at the winter meetings. With a ton being made beforehand this year, the pressure is on many teams to put up or shut up.

    The Washington Nationals do not need to make drastic moves, but if they do, it will likely result in an amazing week of signings. 

Robinson Cano

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    The New York Yankees have made a clear statement to Robinson Cano by signing Jacoby Ellsbury. They are simply not willing to give in to his demands and pay him the money that he is looking for.

    There does not seem to be a clear front-runner in the Cano sweepstakes at this point, which means the Nats are free to come in and try to make him an offer he can't refuse.

    Cano would be a perfect fit for the organization. GM Mike Rizzo is not afraid to overspend and dole out long-term contracts. Cano could fill a hole at second base for Washington and be a valuable commodity for years to come, but the Nationals need to attempt to get him while the market is not particularly in Cano's favor. 

David Price

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    The speculation has begun for David Price.

    The Nationals, with their amazing depth, could conceivably put together a deal that might benefit the Tampa Bay Rays down the road.

    Washington would make a tremendous splash in the NL if the team were to sign another ace, and Price would be a great acquisition if a deal were to be agreed with the Rays.

    If the Nats intend to sign him after his contract is up, they are taking a great risk. They could easily trade some of their young pitching prospects to get the Cy Young winner now. 

Masahiro Tanaka

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    The 25-year-old righty has gone 99-35 in the NPB, including a 24-0 2013 season, in which he posted an amazing 1.27 ERA with 183 strikeouts and 32 walks.

    The Nationals would be crazy to not get in on the bidding and the posting fee if Tanaka is up for bidding this season.

    He has tremendous potential and could be a main part of the rotation for years to come.