Though they sent four top prospects to the A's in last week's Gio Gonzalez trade, the Nationals still have some quality talent left in their minor-league system.
The Nationals may ask Ian Desmond to lead off for them next season. But the only way that plan will work is if the shortstop starts getting on base more often.
The Gio Gonzalez trade leaves the Nationals needing to figure out how to keep three back-of-the-rotation starters John Lannan, Chien-Ming Wang, Ross Detwiler despite only two remaining slots.
What do you get baseball's top prospect for Christmas?
During Friday's teleconference announcing the Gio Gonzalez trade, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo also took questions on attempts to land a center fielder and whether Adam LaRoche will be his first baseman in 2012.