The Nationals haven’t been too far out of the success as they won the World Series in 2019 but, just 2 seasons later the off season moves they made before the 2021 season are starting to look like bad ideas. The Nationals Lost Stud 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon who signed with Angels after 2019. Losing Rendon has became their weak spot in the field and has added a huge weakness to their lineup.
Washingtons first move was acquiring young first baseman Josh Bell from the Pirates. Even though Bell struggled in 2020, only hitting 8 Home Runs in 57 games with a .226 at the plate. Most people believed Josh Bell just had a rough shortened season and that he would return to his 2019 days where he maintained a mediocre batting average with .277 but he also put up 37 Home Runs and 116 RBIs on a not so good Pittsburg Team. Since Bell was traded to Washington he hasn’t gotten back to being a crazy effective hitter in the box. In 53 games with the Nationals so far this year he has hit 9 Home Runs, 26 RBIs and has a .223 BA. With the numbers he’s put up in 2021 it doesn’t look like he will get out of his slump that started in 2020 and with the Nationals being desperate for another solid bat Josh Bell hasn’t played to those expectations.
Another Role the Nationals lacked going into 2021 was a full starting outfield and that led to Kyle Schwarber signing a 1 year deal worth $10 Million. After letting Adam Eaton go after a unhealthy season, they looked replace him with another outfielder with a little more power in his bat. Schwarber looked like the right guy for the job after hitting 38 Home Runs in 2019. Since arriving to the team he has hit a couple walk offs and came up clutch deep in games but along with that comes a .230 BA and only 13 Home Runs 58 games in. The outfield has become a disaster with Soto needing some help while in a hitting slump.
Now that manager Dave Martinez has seen the level these 2 are performing at. It just makes you wonder what Washington will do as the Trade Deadline closes in.