The Washington Nationals have been looking for a center fielder.
The Nationals have used four different centerfielders in 2011: Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina, Jerry Harriston Jr. and Laynce Nix. Not to mentioned the fact that they acquired Gregor Blanco from the Kansas City Royals. Blanco also plays, you guessed it, centerfield.
The Nationals have reportedly looked into players like BJ Upton, Denard Span and Micheal Bourn. These would all be good fits, but the Nats need to find a centerfielder. Apparently Washington is supposedly dangling shortstop Ian Desmond. Desmond is hitting .225 in 95 games with only three homeruns and 26 runs batted in. These are not eye-popping numbers, but if you look at his stat line last year of .269 with 10 homers and 65 RBIs then you’ll see that he is much better than what he has shown this year.
It would certainly be interesting to move Desmond, who along with Danny Espinoza give our nation’s capitol one of the most powerful up the middle duos in the game, now and down the road.
Jason Marquis, a starting pitcher, could be a more viable option to move for a centerfielder.
Marquis, 32, is 8-5 with an ERA that is just a smidgen under four at 3.95. The Yankees and Red Sox could be suitors as they have centerfield options to give Washington with Chris Dickerson and Darnell McDonald respectively.