Washington Nationals still looking for a closer

Free-agent market is quickly drying up, leaving the Nats in a pinch at the back end of their bullpen.


The Washington Nationals have had a busy offseason, but still don’t have much to show for it.

After losing out on Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale and seemingly missing out on Pittsburgh Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen, the Nats are left with only OF Adam Eaton to show for their free agency haul thus far.

However, the team still needs a closer, so there may be a deal out there in Washington’s future. Mark Melancon, Kenley Jansen, Wade Davis and Brad Ziegler all have new homes, so the market is thinning out.

Still, there are some options, and Nationals.com does a good job of laying them out. If the Nationals don’t want to be forced into having Shawn Kelley close games in 2017, there are a few other closers still available on the free-agent market.

Former San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo are available, as is ex-Kansas City closer Greg Holland, although he’s coming off of Tommy John surgery.

After trading for Eaton earlier this offseason, the Nationals could reopen talks with the White Sox in an attempt to land David Robertson, too.

It’s a little bit troubling to see a 2016 National League playoff team struggling to land free agents and trade partners, but there are still options for the Washington Nationals. However, in order to best allocate their money, the best bets would seemingly be to either take a flyer on Holland or hope that Kelley can fill the role.