With the big names of the free-agent market signing to various teams, there is still one big name that remains unsigned: Yoenis Cespedes. The right-handed slugger with a rocket for an arm is rumored to be receiving some new found interest from the Washington Nationals.
Nats reportedly back involved with cespedes. They seemed set in OF, but could trade to open spot. @Ken_Rosenthal on this.
The Nationals may be interested in Cespedes to bolster their outfield, joining Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, and recently-acquired Ben Revere. Adding Cespedes would allow the Nationals to rest their left-handed batters when facing a lefty pitcher, whether that be Harper or Revere. Or it could be the sign that Werth is on his way out of D.C. Werth, who is six years older than Cespedes, hit .221 in just 88 games after injuring his wrist.
It would also allow the team to have a very dynamic outfield when they put Harper, Revere, and Cespedes together. The Gold Glove winning outfielder would be an improvement on defense over Werth as well. Adding Cespedes' 35 home runs, 105 RBI and .291 average would fit quite nicely in the batting order to protect Harper who was second in the NL for intentional walks.
Other possible destinations for Cespedes could be the New York Mets or the Chicago White Sox. The Mets were unable to reach an agreement with second baseman Daniel Murphy this offseason, who signed with the Nationals. The White Sox have a younger outfield and could use a veteran like Cespedes.
This rumor could have some foundation to it with the Nationals going all in on a championship campaign this year. But the fit that seems more likely is with the White Sox. The availability for Cespedes to be a DH and the team could be the difference maker. The Sox have a solid core of players who are contractually with the team until 2017. And when all Cespedes needs to do some days is walk up the the plate instead of running down fly balls on the warning track it may be the bonus he is looking for.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals at bat when play is stopped for a rain delay in the first inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on July 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals runs to third base in the eighth inning of the Nationals 8-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Brock Holt #26 of the Boston Red Sox steals second base in the seventh inning against the National League during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 14: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals is grabbed by Jonathan Papelbon #58 in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout between innings against the Texas Rangers during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets is hit by a slide by Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning in an attempt to turn a double play in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws the ball back after catching a ball hit by Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 23: The storm clouds in the area provided a colorful and appropriate backdrop as Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly, bottom left, exits the game after being removed by manager John Farrell in the top of the fourth inning. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 12: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts ran into the stands and was injured while chasing a fly ball at Fenway Park on June 12 (second inning) while taking on the Toronto Blue Jays in Game One of a three game series. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)