The Nationals outfield appears set with Jayson Werth, Ben Revere and Bryce Harper, but a new report has them linked to top remaining free agent Yoenis Cespedes.
The rumor comes from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who says the Nats "had expressed interest in Justin Upton" and "may now turn their attention to Yoenis Cespedes." Cespedes played for the rival New York Mets in 2015, but has yet to sign with a team in free agency.
It is not easy to see how Cespedes would fit with the Nats, given they already have a solid starting group. Signing Cespedes would likely bump Revere to the fourth outfielder position, and his $6.25 million salary in 2016 would be a steep price for a bench player.
The timing of the Nats' interest in Upton may be important. There would be a big difference in them contacting Upton's representatives before they traded for Revere rather than after.
There is also the presence of Michael Taylor, who projects as their fourth outfielder. The Nats have a strong starting outfield, and depth at the position on their bench.
Considering all of that, it would seem unlikely the Nationals would be a good fit for Cespedes, but stranger things have happened.