The Washington Nationals' starting outfield is a solid unit, but it might no longer be the best in the National League East.
After acquiring Justin Upton in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Jan. 24, the Atlanta Braves now feature an outfield of the Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin, plus power-hitting Jason Heyward.
The Justin Upton trade signaled once again that the Braves will be the leading contender to unseat the Nationals as division champions.
Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth are Washington's outfield starters, with Tyler Moore, Roger Bernadina and Steve Lombardozzi the reserves.
Werth and Harper provide power from the corners, while Span is the leadoff-hitting center fielder that general manager Mike Rizzo has long sought.
The Braves' outfield features a 23-year-old (Heyward), a 25-year-old (Justin Upton) and a 28-year-old (B.J. Upton).
In the Washington outfield, Harper is 20, Span turns 29 in February, and Werth is 33. When none of them is ancient, the Nationals have plenty of quality waiting in the wings.
Moore, who turns 26 on Jan. 30, hit 10 homers in 156 major league at-bats last year. The team is also high on 22-year-old Brian Goodwin as a center fielder down the line, and like the power potential of 23-year-old Matt Skole, who could be a first baseman/outfielder hybrid along the lines of Moore and Morse.