#5 Washington Nationals
2016 Run Differential: +151
Best Offseason Move: Acquiring Adam Eaton
Worst Offseason Move: Acquiring Adam Eaton
Remember all those times Adam Eaton did damage at the plate against the Detroit Tigers?
Yes, Adam Eaton, the outfielder with a .325 batting average and a .401 on-base percentage in his career versus Detroit is now out of the division.
Chicago deal the outfielder as part of the team’s rebuilding phase, and Eaton landed in Washington with the Nationals.
Eaton is no doubt an excellent player on offense and defense. What’s more, he’s young and controllable.
However, the Nationals had to give up two of the best pitching prospects in baseball in Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.
This is all without mentioning the other player who went to Chicago in the deal, Dane Dunning. The Nats took the starting pitcher with the 29th-overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Washington would also be higher on this list if the team had a solution at the back end of the bullpen.
The club did well to bring in Mark Melancon at the trade deadline, as the former Pirate notched a 1.82 ERA and 17 saves in 29.2 frames of work down the stretch.
However, Melancon signed with San Francisco in the offseason and the club and the Nationals have yet to find a replacement.
If Washington can find a lock-down closer, the team could move higher up this list.