The final name on the list is a bit of a long-shot. Upton and Zimmerman both grew up in Virginia Beach, and that community’s baseball family is quite strong. After a long year on the West Coast, Upton could very well be looking to get back closer to home. While the Nationals do not have an immediate need in left or right field, things could be worked out if Upton really wants to sign in D.C.
The Nationals could try to move Werth and his bad contract. That would require the Nationals to eat a healthy portion, but it could be easier to swallow with only two years left. Upton is actually worth a nine-figure deal. The team could also look to turn Werth into a bench player if no one bites on picking up his contract. An American League team like the Baltimore Orioles could be intrigued by Werth if most of his contract is picked up. At the end of the day, it’s highly unlikely the Nationals look to take on a ton of salary this offseason, but Upton is worth considering if a few other moves fall into place.