By most accounts, the Nationals are already done with the majority of their offseason shopping. They already brought in a starting pitcher and lefty reliever in trades, and beefed up their bench in a big way by signing Nate McLouth.
But are they really finished making big moves? Keep in mind the same Nationals, led by Mike Rizzo, have pulled off late offseason surprises in previous years. Just look at their recent history in the final weeks of winter:
Jan. 17, 2013 - Signed CL Rafael Soriano
Jan. 16, 2013 - Traded OF Michael Morse to Seattle Mariners; Mariners traded C John Jaso to Oakland Athletics, Athletics traded RHP A.J. Cole and RHP Blake Treinen to Washington
Jan. 8, 2013 - Re-signed 1B Adam LaRoche
Feb. 2, 2012 - Signed RHP Edwin Jackson
Jan. 19, 2011 - Traded OF Michael Burgess, LHP Graham Hicks, and RHP A.J. Morris to Chicago Cubs for LHP Tom Gorzelanny
Jan. 7, 2011 - Signed 1B Adam LaRoche
Jan. 6, 2010 - Signed RHP Matt Capps
Rizzo and the Nats have shown a propensity to make a late splash just weeks before the pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The last two years have featured major moves. Whether it's their intention or not, they tend to put a stamp on their offseason right before it winds down completely.
If they were to address any remaining needs, they would likely look at their bench and possibly their bullpen to continue making upgrades. Though they have said they like Jhonatan Solano as a big league player, backup catcher is one position to watch over the next few weeks.
Will the Nationals surprise us again with a big transaction?