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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 take a look at former St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong.
What he does well: Elite defense. Wong is one of the better second baseman in the National League. He won the Gold Glove at the spot in 2019. The Nationals have not played good defense at second base for years. It’s a key gap in their up-the-middle defense which is otherwise sound or superlative (if Victor Robles is his normal self). Trea Turner’s shortstop play is solid. Pairing him with a quality fielder for the first time in his Nationals career would produce a new run prevention element for the Nationals.
Where he fits with the Nationals: Wong could play second base and be a backup outfielder when necessary. Signing him would slide Starlin Castro to third base. He would also be a significant bump at the spot because of his all-around play. Wong was a 3.7 fWAR player in 2019. He can run, has a high contact rate at the plate and postseason experience. In a nutshell, Wong is a balanced, quality player. He can be a backup plan if DJ LeMahieu signs elsewhere.
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