The Washington Nationals
For the Nationals this year it’s essentially World Series or bust. They went out and signed Max Scherzer to bolster a rotation that was already one of the best in baseball. They one of the best hitters and all-around players in the game in Bryce Harper. They have, quite simply, one of the best teams in baseball. However, they have been without Jayson Werth for a few months with yet another injury and also have Denard Span on the disabled list. Initially in Werth’s absence they’ve been using a combination of top prospect Michael Taylor and utility man Tyler Moore in LF. Taylor is currently manning CF in place of the injured Span and the offensive numbers have been lackluster to put it best. He’s hitting .240/.283/.371 on the year in 294 plate appearances. He does have eight HR on the year but the young outfielder has been a bit overmatched at the plate in the early goings of his career. Moore has really struggled offensively the last three seasons posting sub 100 wRC+ each year and putting up pretty putrid numbers again this year. He’s a bench guy and not a very good one at that. Murphy would instantly upgrade the offense in LF. He’d also provide a nice bat off the bench for when Span returns and when (if?) Werth does as well. Indians and Nationals worked out a deal for Asdrubal Cabrera last year when the Nationals felt they needed an upgrade, so wouldn’t rule out another trade happening.
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