May 12, 2021

Nationals To Sign Eric Thames (MLB Trade Rumors)

In a continuation of a recent signing bonanza, the Nationals have struck a deal with first baseman Eric Thames, according to Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic (via Twitter). It’s a one-year, $4MM pact — that includes a $1MM buyout on mutual option — per’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter) and’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link).

The Nats have now added five veteran infielders on short-term deals in the past several weeks. In addition to bringing back catcher Yan Gomes and utilitymen Howie Kendrick and Asdrubal Cabrera, the club has picked up Starlin Castro and now Thames.

It’s rumored the D.C. org still intends to work something out with long-time franchise stalwart Ryan Zimmerman, leaving open the question whether a major addition at third base is still plausible. Whether there’s space for Josh Donaldson or some top-end trade target, even with a 26th active roster spot to work with, may depend upon the Nats’ willingness to utilize Kendrick and/or Thames as part of the outfield…

Read “Nationals To Sign Eric Thames” at MLB Trade Rumors