3. Washington Nationals
This one is a bit more far-fetched than the others but I would like to think that the Washington Nationals would be intrigued in a trade that includes Joc Pederson. Unlike the other deals on this list, Pederson would not be the focal point of the trade and instead would be a smaller piece in a much larger picture.
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Chances are that the Washington Nationals are going to lose Bryce Harper this winter and the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the favorites to land the young superstar. If so, that obviously leaves a hole in the Nationals’ roster for a left-handed hitting power bat.
However, the team would still have a fine outfield with Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Adam Eaton. With Harper out of the picture, the Nationals might look for a soft reset towards youth, which could make Eaton the odd man out in the outfield.
Again, I am not entirely sure if the Nationals would even entertain this idea but it would make sense for both teams if that is the goal the team is trying to accomplish. Trade Eaton for young talent.
Pederson is not the young talent that the Nationals are pursuing. Instead, it could be one of the Dodgers’ elite catching prospects, such as Will Smith; or one of the team’s elite pitching prospects, such as Dustin May.
The Nationals would not be left in a bad state with Pederson manning left field and Soto in right field but would also be adding pieces for the future. Eaton is not the difference between a World Series in Washington so the team might as well take a downgrade to bolster the farm system.
Meanwhile, Eaton could be the difference in LA. He would be the perfect bat to hit leadoff in this offense and would score a ton of runs with Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger behind him.