The Nationals announced that they have placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left index finger. They reinstated infielder Brock Holt from the paternity list in a corresponding move.
With the Nationals at 18-29 and in no position to defend their 2019 World Series championship, this injury will end the season for Eaton. The 31-year-old batted a career-worst .226/.285/.384 with four home runs and three stolen bases over 176 plate appearances in 2020.
It’s now possible Eaton has played his final game as a National, as they’ll have to decide whether to pick up a $10.5MM club option or buy him out for $1.5MM in the offseason. In the wake of his output this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Nats move on from Eaton (at least at his current cost) and save $9MM. They originally acquired Eaton from the White Sox in December 2016 for right-handers Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning and Reynaldo Lopez. While Eaton has been fairly productive for Washington, Chicago’s surely thrilled with its part of the deal.