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Where do the Washington Nationals Stand after the recent signing of OF Kyle Schwarber

With the first big move of 2021, the Washington Nationals, the Nats Report takees a closer look at the signing of OF Kyle Schwarber.

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Well, the Washington Nationals made a move on Friday/Saturday by signing former Chicago Cub outfielder Kyle Schwarber to a one-year 10 million dollar contract for the 2021 season. This move came days after NL East divisional rival the New York Mets made some serious moves of their own.

Before I share my thoughts on the signing, I think it is worth taking a close look at Schwarber’s recent stats.

Schwarber has appeared in 24 Postseason career games, including five games of the 2016 World Series in which he came back from a severe knee injury he sustained earlier in the season to help the Cubs top the Cleveland Indians. Schwarber has hit .288 with one double, six homers, 11 RBI, 13 walks, and ten runs in 79 career plate appearances in the Postseason.


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Sarah Langs from MLB.com makes an interesting point: “2020 was a down year for Kyle Schwarber’s power overall (.393 SLG), but here are his percentile rankings from both 2020 & 2019, with 2019 of course, being a much larger sample size (and a .531 SLG)”

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Since 2017, Schwarber has recorded 28 outfield assists, tied for the second-most among Major League left fielders with Alex Gordon and behind Andrew Benintendi (29). Schwarber recorded 11 outfield assists in 2018, tied with Benintendi for most Major League left fielders.

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An interesting stat that was found via TalkNats: “by signing Schwarber, this brings the #Nats up to just under 85 wins at a .520 winning % and the 5th best team in the National League, which would be the 3rd Wild Card.” 

Brittany Ghiroli, the Nationals beat writer for The Athletic, summed up the move: “Schwarber will slot over to left field, a position of need since they moved Juan Soto over to right during the 2020 season. Soto is expected to start in right, with Victor Robles in center field. Schwarber’s bat, along with recently added Josh Bell, will help protect Soto and bolster the lineup. If there is a universal DH next season, Schwarber could also see some time there.”

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