Although the Washington Nationals are coming off a disappointing season, the roster is still fairly well-constructed. There are no massive gaping holes at any of the most important positions. If Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman can stay healthy for an entire season (big if for Zimmerman at this point), Bryce Harper will have plenty of support in the lineup. The Nationals also need a full, healthy season from Jayson Werth. With two years and $42 million left to pay Werth, the Nationals have one of the league’s worst contracts on their hands.
The most pressing area of need for the Nationals this offseason is the bullpen. The weak bullpen is what precipitated the disastrous Jonathan Papelbon trade. Drew Storen seems like a candidate to rebound in a big way. He was one of the best relief pitchers in the league before losing his closer’s job and ability to throw a nasty slider. The Nationals have said they are committed to both Storen and Papelbon going forward, but definitely need to add at least one more high-quality arm to the ‘pen for 2016.
The Nationals should also look to add middle infield and corner outfield help should one of their starters fall victim to the injury bug yet again. The Nationals could have a hole to fill in their starting rotation if Jordan Zimmermann leaves, but will most likely look to fill out their rotation with internal options. Here are five good targets for the Nationals in free agency.