Absorbing Matt Wieters’ contract and adding Erick Fedde in the proccess
The Washington Nationals are in definite go for broke, win-now move—or so it would seem.
After getting knocked out of the National League Division Series by the Cubs, Washington will enter 2018 with a number of key performers playing out the final years of their respective contracts.
Elsewhere, the club could lose a number of supporting players this offseason as Jayson Werth, Howie Kendrick, Joe Blanton, Oliver Perez, Brandon Kintzler and Stephen Drew will hit the free agent market.
Despite the money coming off the books, the Nats might not have much financial flexibility in the winter.
For starters (according to Spotrac), Harper’s contract will jump from $13.625 million to $21.625 million in 2018.
The ex-White Sox outfielder will go from making $4 million to $6 million. Meanwhile, Doolittle’s salary rises from $2.63 million to $4.38 million.
What’s more, Anthony Rendon and Tanner Roark will go through another year of arbitration, while Michael Taylor will go through the process for the first time this winter on the back of a breakout 2017 that saw him notch a 3.1 fWAR in 118 games.