April 23, 2021

The Washington Nationals Did a Savvy Job Remaking Their Infield (Baseball Essential)

There’s no replacing Anthony Rendon. With that said, the Washington Nationals have done a savvy job remaking their infield.

The Nationals have signed five infielders this offseason: Howie Kendrick (one-year, $6.3 million deal), Asdrubal Cabrera (one-year, $2.5 million deal), Ryan Zimmerman (one-year, $2 million deal — which can climb to $8 million with incentives), Starlin Castro (two-year, $12 million deal), and Eric Thames (one-year, $4 million deal).

Kendrick, Cabrera, and Zimmerman were part of the team’s World Series run, while Castro comes to the nation’s capital after two years with the Miami Marlins and Thames spent the last three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kendrick is coming off one of the best offensive seasons of his big-league career. Posting career highs in batting average (.344), OPS (.966), and OPS+ (142) across 334 at-bats, he was a vital ingredient to Washington’s high-octane offense. He also etched himself into franchise history, launching go-ahead home runs in two elimination games and coming through with timely hits throughout the playoffs.

He’s a steady contact hitter who stills…

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