January 20, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Washington Nationals (Baseball Essential)


The decade of the 2010s had a little bit of everything for the Washington Nationals. From rotting at the bottom of the National League East, to former number one overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper making their big-league debuts, to postseason heartbreak, the D.C. faithful experienced the ups and downs of a contending team. But it culminated in the sweetest way possible: a World Series title.

Washington’s 2019 World Series title was a product of player development and free agent damage, though some crafty trades throughout the 10-year run played a role, as well — some good, some bad.

Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Washington Nationals have made since 2010.

The Best Trade the Washington Nationals Have Made Since 2010: Washington Acquires Trea Turner and Joe Ross in a Three-Team Deal With the San Diego Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays for Steven Souza Jr. and Travis Ott; Souza and Ott Went to Tampa Bay (December 19, 2014)

The Nationals got involved in a trade they weren’t supposed to be…

Read “The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Washington Nationals” at Baseball Essential