2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East
Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million
The immediate reaction to Wednesday night's trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate.
Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals' standpoint.
With questions at second base in Washington and a surplus of middle infielders in Tampa Bay, a connection between the Nationals and Ben Zobrist of the Rays is logical.