The Nationals are one of three teams to hold preliminary talks with free agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, Jon Paul Morosi reports for MLB.com.
The Nats have also shown interest in Jed Lowrie, Josh Harrison and Marwin Gonzalez, according to Morosi. Gonzalez is the most targeted of the trio, as he split time at seven positions in 2018, primarily at first and second base, shortstop and left field.
LeMahieu is coming off a down year in 2018 – relative to his own .298 career average – in which he slashed .276/.321/.428 while hitting 15 homers and 62 RBI and swiping six bags. His 32 doubles matched a career high.
LeMahieu won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average, edging out Washington's Daniel Murphy, who hit .347. He would be an ideal replacement candidate for Daniel Murphy in the nation's capital. Murphy is also a free agent and has yet to sign with a club.