We’re planning a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it! Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams. You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. We’ll have plenty more next week, culminating in a live draft event.
The American League results are in! Click here to see who’s protected and who’s available for each AL team.
Click here for previous entries in the series. The Nationals are the last team up for discussion.
First we’ll remove free agents Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick, Kurt Suzuki, Asdrubal Cabrera, Sean Doolittle, Eric Thames, and Anibal Sanchez from consideration. Adam Eaton’s $10.5MM club option for 2021 is worth entertaining, so I’ll add him to the poll. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg make the protected list due to their no-trade clauses. We’ll lock down seven players out of the gate:
That leaves eight spots for the remaining 23 players. You can review the Nationals’ contract statuses and service time here.
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With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! In the poll below (direct link here), select exactly eight players you think the Nationals should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.