The Nationals "have interest" in Adam Kennedy, reports MLB.com's Bill Ladson (via Twitter). We've heard that the Mets, Athletics and Marlins have targeted Kennedy to various degrees, but this is the first time that Washington has been attached to the veteran infielder.
In a mailbag story from Ladson yesterday, he felt the Nats would have a second baseman with a better glove than Cristian Guzman in their Opening Day lineup. While Guzman would be playing 2B for the first time in his career, Kennedy's play at second has fluctuated wildly over the last three seasons. Fangraphs charts his UZR/150 as -5.7 in 2007, leaping up to 21.8 in 2008 and then down to -14.8 last year. Guzman, meanwhile, has kept a middling but stable -0.8 UZR/150 as a shortstop since 2002.
In that same mailbag, Ladson also noted that Felipe Lopez was not a candidate for the Nats' search for middle infield help given that Lopez "left on bad terms" in 2008 when Washington released him in mid-season. Orlando Hudson, however, appears to be on the club's wish list and as we learned earlier today, may be offered a two-year contract.