Nationals celebrate addition of new teammate Kyle Schwarber originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Nationals made a major move Saturday morning, when it was first reported that they had agreed to terms with former Cubs catcher and outfielder Kyle Schwarber.
The move was later made official by the Nats, who signed Schwarber to a one-year deal worth a reasonable $10 million. The big slugger had a down 2020, but it's fair to wonder how predictive the fluky, unique 2020 season will be for players going forward. Schwarber has a long history as a premier power hitter in the National League and while he makes the new-look Nationals lineup look a little lefty-heavy, he's still going to add some serious pop to a batting order that needed it.
Two other Nationals hitters who stand to benefit from the addition are stars Juan Soto and Trea Turner, who happen to be the two best non-pitchers on the team. And they weren't shy about sharing their excitement, taking to social media to celebrate the move.
Turner had some fun with a Twitter gif of Schwarber clapping, something he hopes to be doing a lot of in the nation's capital.
Soto, meanwhile, was quick to like Major League Baseball's Instagram post reporting the trade, in addition to leaving a comment with several of the classic eyeballs emoji.
In what's been a slow offseason for free agents, the Nationals have been one of the few active MLB teams making improvements to the roster. Alongside Josh Bell, Schwarber represents a significant power upgrade to the lineup, and his new teammates are happy to see their team getting better as they hope to bounce back from a last-place finish in the truncated 2020 season.