The Nationals enter 2014 with few things left on their offseason to-do list. The big holes have already been filled, and now it's about putting on the polish for the new year.
The bench is an area the Nationals may have openings and on Friday Mark and I pondered the idea of another backup infielder. They have the option of bringing Danny Espinosa back up to the majors to fill that role, or finding a veteran option to add to the mix.
One veteran infielder who is out there is Yuniesky Betancourt. The nine-year pro will be 32 on Opening Day, and is primarily a corner infielder. Espinosa is valuable for the Nats because he can play both shortstop and second base. Betancourt played both positions last season, but only for eight combined games.
Betancourt hit .212/.240/.355 in 137 appearances for the Brewers last season. He posted 13 home runs with 46 RBI, 15 doubles, and 35 runs.
Betancourt is apparently getting a decent amount of interest around the league - despite those numbers - with a report saying he could actually find a starting job. That would put him out of the Nationals range who, if they do sign an infield veteran, may look for a cheap, low-risk deal of the minor league variety.
They already brought back Will Rhymes and Jeff Kobernus is still in the fold. There still could be room for one more experienced option.
Betancourt may or may not be the guy, but should the Nationals go for a veteran infielder or stick with Espinosa?