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How the Nationals could have had a dream outfield that included Ronald Acuna Jr.

How the Nationals could have had a dream outfield that included Ronald Acuna Jr.

Juan Soto and Victor Robles are two of the better young outfielders in the game, and the Nationals are fortunate enough to have both for the foreseeable future. 

But what if they had Ronald Acuna? 

Nationals Vice President of International Operations Johnny DiPuglia explained on MLB Network Wednesday a story about the prospect that got away from him. 

"This one was really deadly for me," he said. "Ronald Acuna, [I] verbally had an agreement with him. Later in the day, he said he wanted more money and I didn't amp up.

"So I could've had Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto and Victor Robles."

DiPuglia was just named International Scout of the Year, but if he had been able to secure that outfield for the next decade?

"I wouldn't be on a one-year deal right now," he joked. 

While Nationals fans can rest easy knowing Soto was one of the best players in the World Series championship they won this fall, Acuna is already one of the top players in the game. 

In just his second season in the big leagues with the Braves, he posted a .280/.386/.518 slash line to go along with 41 home runs, 101 RBI and a league-leading 37 stolen bases. 

One question then arises for Nats fans. Would you rather have Soto and Robles, or only Acuna?

The Braves somehow got him to agree to an eight-year, $100 million extension before last season, so the Nationals and the rest of the league will have to wait if they hope to add him as their center fielder. 

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Victor Robles captures his 10th outfield assist in spectacular fashion

Victor Robles captures his 10th outfield assist in spectacular fashion

Nationals' outfielder, Victor Robles, has been sensational on defense this season and Saturday was no different. 

In the second inning of the Nats' game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Robles unleashed this beauty to claim his 10th outfield assist of the season (third of the week):

Here's another angle:

Robles is no stranger to celebrating his highlights in spectacular fashion - as just last week he gave this Dikembe Mutombo finger wag after throwing out Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza - so know he wouldn't dare disappoint this time around: 

"Don't run on Throwbles," is the new catchphrase circulating throughout social media recently, so it may be wise for opposing teams to respect the emerging moto.

But if they don't, just know it's very likely the result will look a little something like this:

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Bryce Harper robbed Victor Robles of a triple in spectacular fashion

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Bryce Harper robbed Victor Robles of a triple in spectacular fashion

While fans league-wide may question a few things about Philadelphia Phillies' right fielder Bryce Harper, his cannon of an arm isn't one of them. 

Harper threw out Nationals' center fielder Victor Robles at third base from the opposite side warning track during the second inning of Saturday night's game at Citizens Bank Park.

What's the point of a cutoff man when you have Harper looming from the right-center field?

Harper's 310-foot throw from makes it the longest tracked outfield assist in baseball this season, while also tying the second-longest tracked outfield assist since Statcast’s unveiling. 

Robles and the Nationals had the last laugh however, thanks much in part to a Juan Soto two-run shot that stunned the Phillies late in last night's 4-3 victory. 

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