The Nationals are working the phones, speaking with big-time free agents and well-known players, in an attempt to upgrade their offense for a team that ended up in last place in the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
In back-to-back tweets Friday, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported the Nats are interested in trading for All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant and finding a way to sign touted free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu.
The Nationals have pursued both players in the past, and could be looking to upgrade at third base after Anthony Rendon left for the Angels on a hefty long-term deal following the 2019 World Series run.
Bryant struggled in 2020, hitting just .206 with four homers, but at 28 there is no denying the impact he would make in a lineup seeking protection for the lethal bat of Juan Soto. Bryant was the Rookie of the Year in 2015, Most Valuable Player in 2016, won a World Series, and has been invited to the All-Star Game three times. In six seasons, he has slashed .280/.380/.508 with 142 homers and 414 RBIs. Bryant is under contract through 2021, but the Cubs could non-tender him. Bryant is due to make well over $19 million in the 2021 season. He has played 623 games at third base in his career, and 172 in the outfield.
LeMahieu’s accolades include also being a three-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time Silver Slugger, and…