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Storylines: Washington Nationals showing interest in trade for Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson

Even with pitchers and catchers reporting in a few days, the big offseason moves may not be finished as the Nationals and White Sox are talking about a potential David Robertson deal. That and more in today's Storylines...

Top Storylines:

- The Washington Nationals’ marquee move of the offseason came at the Winter Meetings when they sent a handful of prospects to the Washington Nationals for center fielder Adam Eaton.  Now it appears the Nationals are prepared to go back to the drinking well for more as they are reportedly engaging in talks with the White Sox in regards to a potential trade for closer David Robertson per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The Nationals’ need for a closer is pretty glaring.  They rode Mark Melancon pretty heavily after acquiring him at the deadline but he departed early in the offseason to sign with the San Francisco Giants.  The Nationals tried to be players for Kenley Jansen but he elected to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Nationals best option for closer is currently reliever Shawn Kelley.   Robertson, whom signed a four-year, $46MM deal with the South Siders back in 2014, is definitely available for the right price.  He had a rough year in 2016 as he blew seven saves but still racked up a solid 3.47 ERA across 62.1 innings of work with 37 saves and is under club control for two more seasons.  The price will not be cheap as the White Sox are putting a high price tag on all their veterans as they commence a rebuild.  The Nationals reportedly aren’t keen to give up many more prospects after they pretty much traded their best ones for Eaton but may have to give up more especially since they’re reportedly unwilling to pay all of Robertson’s salary and the juicer the prospect, the more likely the White Sox will eat some of the money.  The Robertson talks may not go anywhere prior to Opening Day but a potential deal will definitely be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses and could end up being another deadline deal for the Nationals.

Other Storylines:

- The Dodgers may have signed Sergio Romo but they weren’t the highest bidder.  The Tampa Bay Rays reportedly made a higher offer to Romo per Rosenthal but Romo wanted to stay on the West Coast so he took less money to come to the Dodgers.

- The New York Yankees reportedly put second baseman Starlin Castro on the trade block earlier in the offseason per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  Despite having a solid season in which he hit .270/.300/.433 with 21 homers in 2016, his shoddy defense and sub-par base running skills have not impressed.  Unsurprisingly, he received little to no trade interest due the remaining money left on his long-term contract.  With the Yankees embracing a youth movement, Castro’s role on the team is a giant question mark and may find himself on the outs sooner or later as their middle infield prospects are rapidly rising through the farm system.

- The Minnesota Twins are reportedly planning on releasing slugger Byung-Ho Park if they can’t find a taker for him in a trade per Rosenthal.  Despite being only one year removed from inking a four-year, $12MM deal with the Twins, his overall poor numbers in his first season in the majors are enough to convince the new front office to move on from him as quickly as possible.

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