2019 MLB Offseason Breakdown: Washington Nationals

The last and final blog for the 2019 MLB season. What a ride it has been and its only fit that it ends with the Nationals. So let’s get into the final team.

Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Bryce Harper signs a 13 year $330 million contract with the Phillies

And just like that Bryce Harper is gone. Harper is the Nationals best player in Franchise history and as a Met fan seeing him gone is going to be a little weird at first. But hey couldn’t be my baseball team losing their franchise player. On a serious note, him never getting past the first round of the playoffs and not making the playoffs this season is why he left. The Nationals wasted the early years of his career and now you get to watch him play you in a Phillie uniform.
Patrick Corbin signs a 6 year $140 million contract
Corbin last season had probably his best season in his career and got his second All-Star appearance because of it. Corbin is a very good pitcher who the Nats got at a very good price. Hopefully, he can get his wins up this year where his career high is only 14 and hope his ERA trend continues to do what it has been doing the past couple of seasons.
Anibal Sanchez signs a 2 year $19 million contract
The Nats sign veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez and their starting pitching look really good right now. Sanchez has a nice season with the Braves having 25 starts and going 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA.
Brian Dozier signs a 1 year $9 million contract
Another veteran signing, the Nats bring in Brian Dozier. Dozier had his worst season in his career where he had a career low in batting average, only able to hit .215. I expect that to be a fluke season and Dozier to get back to his normal ways.
Nationals trade 3 minor league players for Yan Gomes
The Nationals made a nice trade this offseason and got Yan Gomes. Gomes made his first career All-Star game last season where he hit .266 and had 16 home runs.

Starting Lineup:
C: Yan Gomes
1B: Ryan Zimmerman
2B: Brian Dozier
3B: Anthony Rendon
SS: Trea Turner
LF: Juan Soto
CF: Victor Robles
RF: Adam Eaton

Starting Pitching: 
1. Max Scherzer
2. Stephen Strasburg
3. Patrick Corbin
4. Anibal Sanchez
5. Joe Ross

Offseason Grade: B

Prediction:
The Nationals probably do have the best starting rotation in baseball today and their top 4 pitchers will have really good seasons, it’s just very hard to move on from Bryce Harper. Harper is a generational talent and for him to be gone hurts. The Nats will finish 3rd in the NL East this season, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them and the Braves compete for that first spot/Wild Card.

This is the last blog, but tomorrow I will release a more easy to read blog on all my prediction for the season, so stay tuned for that.

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