The Washington Nationals have added another slugger to their lineup this offseason.
According to multiple reports, free agent Kyle Schwarber and the Nationals have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million.
Dougherty adds that the Nationals are preparing for the 2021 season to play out without a designated hitter in the National League, which would shift Juan Soto to right field so that Schwarber can play in left field. The $10 million figure is higher than what MLB Trade Rumors projected for Schwarber — they had the number in between $7 and $9 million — but for a one-year deal that obviously benefits the Nats, the higher number seems to be a good compromise.
Schwarber joins first baseman Josh Bell as one of two big power bats that the Nats added this offseason to join Juan Soto, Trea Turner and others in this explosive offense. Washington was a bottom-ten team in 2020 in home runs hit, so more pop in the middle of the order makes sense. Additionally, as Adam Eaton was one of the better lefty bats in the order, Schwarber replaces him as another lefty to balance out the order.
Schwarber leaves the Cubs after six seasons in which he clubbed 121 home runs in 551 games, averaging 36 dingers per year at a 162-game pace.