Nats get big bat
In one of the most notable trades of this slow-as-molasses MLB offseason, the Nationals acquired Pirates first baseman Josh Bell on Thursday in exchange for pitching prospects Wil Crowe and Eddy Yean.
Based on the Twitter replies, Pittsburgh fans are aggravated to lose one of the only former All-Stars on their roster. On the other hand, Baseball Trade Values considers this a major overpay for the Nats due to Bell’s lousy 2020 season and rising salary.
Last summer, Washington relied mainly on Eric Thames and Asdrúbal Cabrera to patch together the first base position after Ryan Zimmerman opted out of playing. Thames, Cabrera and Zimmerman are all currently free agents in their mid-30s; Bell is only 28 and will remain under club control through 2022 via arbitration. Although Bell is a big defensive liability, there’s still a decent chance of the universal designated hitter being implemented for 2021. The industry consensus is that it will be made permanent the following year as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Bell has obliterated Marlins pitching in the past, posting a .338/.417/.620 slash line in 84 plate appearances (20 games).
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