The catcher’s spot in the Nats’ batting order has been a black hole from which little offense escaped the past two years, and so upgrading the position has definitely been a priority this offseason.
Many among the Nats faithful would like to seem them pursue a trade for J.T. Realmuto, but the cost would be exorbitant, requiring pieces such as Victor Robles that’ll be necessary when Bryce Harper signs elsewhere this off-season.
Suzuki punished the Nats over the past couple years, and he comes cheap at $10M total for two seasons; on the other hand, he’s 35, and so really can’t be counted on to catch more than 100 games or so, so he’s only a partial solution to the problem.
Rizzo’s been busy so far, picking up Kyle Barraclough, Trevor Rosenthal, and now this, all at a cost that doesn’t preclude a big splash, but that splash will almost certainly be a starting pitcher, not a re-signing of Harper. Starting pitching is the chief need for this team, along with a left-handed first baseman (Justin Bour? Matt Adams?), more bullpen arms, and maybe a utility guy. I like the fact that the Nats aren’t sitting around waiting for Scott Boras to play king-maker here.