DO NATS HAVE THE APPETITE TO SPEND BACK TO CONTENTION?

By Nan Gould

Let’s get serious about the Nats:

Twenty twenty was a colossal failure after the 2019 World Series title.

And in order to compete in 2021 they’re going to have to spend.

Unfortunately, they have already committed $121 million to eight returning veterans in 2021 (Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Will Harris, Starlin Castro, Daniel Hudson, Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison). They have three more players eligible for salary arbitration (Trea Turner, Juan Soto, Joe Ross) who could end up earning a combined $21 million.

So that’s 11 players making roughly $142 million. If the Nats don’t sign any free agents or trade for any big leaguers, they would fill out the remaining 15 holes on their roster with young players making at or near the league minimum, which totals another $9 million or so.

Add all of that together and we can say the Nationals’ opening day 2021 payroll will be at least $151 million.

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