Mark Reynolds didn't sign with the Nationals, but their interest alone could signify an intention to find a similar player.
Unable to come to terms with the Nationals before Friday's deadline, Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister will now go to salary arbitration.
Matt Skole may have played just two minor league games in 2013 due to a freak elbow injury, but the Nationals' prospect is still highly regarded around the league.
Kansas City hasn't reached the postseason since 1985, the longest drought in baseball. But the Royals have built a team that should contend in 2014.