Nats looking for center fielder, leadoff hitter
The Nationals are looking to trade for a center fielder and leadoff hitter, according to a baseball source, who also said the club is willing to overpay to get what they want.
Some members in the organization don’t think Roger Bernadina is a center fielder. They feel he belongs in one of the corner spots. Bernadina has been getting most of the playing time in center field lately.
Rick Ankiel, the team’s other center fielder, has not been productive, hitting .214 with a homer and seven RBIs.
Even worse, the Nationals are not getting any production from the leadoff spot. Entering Tuesday’s action, Washington’s leadoff hitters are hitting a combined .195 with a .250 on-base percentage.
If the Nationals look to trade catcher Ivan Rodriguez or reliever Todd Coffey, don’t be surprised if the Nationals ask for a center fielder or leadoff hitter in return.