Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Nats want another bat off the bench
By Doug Mittler
The Washington Nationals added the bat off the bench they desperately wanted in Scott Hairston, but they may not be done dealing.
The Nats started the season hoping that Tyler Moore would be the answer, but he is batting just .151 with 39 strikeouts in 106 at-bats. That role now belongs to Hairston, who was acquired from the Cubs for minor League right-hander Ivan Pineyro.
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson hears the Nats may be looking to add a second right-handed bat off the bench given that Steve Lombardozzi is hitting just .233. Just a guess, but maybe the Nats could look into Clint Barmes, who has been relegated to a bench role in Pittsburgh and might benefit from a chance of scenery.