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December 6, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Nationals, Nate McLouth Hide Each Other's Flaws

by Ben Lindbergh and Ben Carsley


WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Signed OF-L Nate McLouth to a two-year, $10.75 million contract with an option for a third year. [12/6]

In late September, MLBTradeRumors’ Tim Dierkes predicted that McLouth would land a two-year, $10 million deal. MASN’s Roch Kubatko ran that projected total past someone in the Orioles’ organization, and that person predicted, “Well, he won’t be getting that from us.” Two correct predictions about baseball! Take that, John Sterling.

The Nationals had a productive outfield trio last season, but the offense went south whenever one of the starters was out. The Nats used seven players in center, eight in left, and nine in right, but beyond the big three, none of them hit. Washington finished four games out of the Wild Card, close enough that a good bench instead of an abominable one might have made the difference.

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