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Nationals rumors: Washington 'working to add outfielder'

The Nationals could upgrade their outfield before the offseason is over.

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Last week, the Nationals added Daniel Murphy on a three-year, $37.5 million contract, and according to Jon Morosi, Mike Rizzo is still looking to upgrade his team.

If the season were to begin today, the Nationals would trot out Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Michael Taylor, Clint Robinson, Tyler Moore, and Matt den Dekker. If Werth can bounce back from his disappointing 2015 season, their outfield will be stronger than most, however there's a steep drop-off in center field. Taylor was awful in 511 plate appearances, and while Dekker had an impressive season, it's difficult to count on him as his career history isn't encouraging.

According to Morosi, the Nationals would prefer to bring in someone who can play center field, however what he doesn't specify is how they'd like to do that. On the free agent market, Dexter Fowler, Denard Span, Will Venable, and Austin Jackson are intriguing options. But if the Nationals are wary of spending more money, the Colorado Rockies have two outfielders on the trade block.

Carlos Gonzalez hasn't played center field since the 2011 season, but he does have experience at the position, and would lengthen their lineup considerably. However if Rizzo wants a true center fielder, then Charlie Blackmon would make more sense.

As of now, it's unclear where the Nationals are on any potential deals, but at the very least they're still working to improve the team.