Trade Rumors: Top Outfield Targets for the Nationals

 The Washington Nationals' recent resurgence has hit a speed bump after the red-hot Kyle Schwarber went down with what's being called a 'significant' hamstring strain. The Nats are in desperate need of some outfield help, and former major league general manager Jim Bowden thinks he knows who's in their sights.

Bowden highlights several prime OF targets that the Nationals should be after, first and foremost Bryan Reynolds of the Pittsburgh Pirates. "it would improve left field this year, at least until Schwarber returns, but also possibly give the Nationals a left fielder for next year," says Bowden. 

Reynolds is having an all-star season, batting .306 with a .924 OPS. And, as Bowden points out, his outfield defense is top-notch. 

Reynolds is entering his arbitration years, which is good timing for him, but not for the penny-wise Pirates. He'll start to get expensive, especially with the numbers he's putting up this season. 

Pittsburgh is still years away from contending, so trading the OF for a nice future-heavy haul could work. Bowden says the Nationals could consider putting the still very young, but so-far disappointing Victor Robles in a package. 

Others who he feels should be on the Nats' outfield shopping list would include:

  • Andrew Benintendi (Kansas City Royals)
  • Adolis Garcia (Texas Rangers)
  • David Peralta (Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Anthony Santander (Baltimore Orioles)
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