The Washington Nationals are in a tight spot as they find themselves 6.5 games back in the National League East and with several players hurt and/or struggling. With The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies on the rise, its clear that the NL East isn’t going to be an easy division to win in 2018 and the Nationals have more questions than answers.
The team seems to be acutely aware of this and jumped on one of the better rental relievers on the market in the Royal’s Kelvin Herrera. It appears as though those two teams got back together to make another move.
Brian Goodwin has had a disappointing year in Washington as he has slashed .200/.321/.354 in 48 games with the club (79 plate appearances). With other, better options on the roster and the rise of Juan Soto in particular, playing time was going to be a real challenge so parting with Goodwin makes sense.
As for the Royals, they parted with a reliever in Jacob Condra-Bogan who is in the low minors and has a fastball that clocks in the upper 90’s. While their outfield certainly leaves something to be desired, it is a bit strange that in a year that looks like the team won’t come close to being competitive, that the Royals would be using prospects with legitimate big league potential to acquire a guy like Goodwin. However, in the grand scheme of things, this is a relatively minor move so that is splitting hairs.
Condra-Bogan has posted a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances this year with 40 strikeouts against just 3 walks in 27 innings pitched.