The Nationals have several spots to fill, a solid chunk of money to possibly do it with and lots of quality options to choose from.
The free agent list this year is not about superstar names. Rather, it’s about depth and quality. Even the second tier of free agents holds value, especially if their contracts are brief and costs suppressed by a mediocre market.
All week, we’re going to take a look at individuals who could fit in different places for the Nationals. Let’s look at former Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb.
What he does well: Hits for power. When healthy in 2016 and 2017, Lamb slugged .509 and .487, respectively. He averaged 30 home runs in those two seasons. He was also well over 100 in wRC+ both seasons. Lamb is not a middle-of-the-order hitter, but at fifth or sixth would be a hefty bat -- if he is able to be on the field regularly.
Where he fits with the Nationals: The Nationals need help at third and first base. Lamb can play both -- though has predominantly played third base. He could also DH if the National League again ends up with that position. Lamb is entering his age-30 season after three injury-filled seasons. He will be an inexpensive choice with high potential. Mike Rizzo has embraced the idea of veteran players on short contracts performing shared duties. Davey Martinez likes players who can provide him options. That would be precisely the case with Lamb.
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