Nats hoping for Schwarber reunion?

November 18th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding veteran slugger , who is a free agent.

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Nov. 18: Nats eyeing reunion with Schwarber?
The Nationals traded Schwarber to the Red Sox in July, but with the slugger now a free agent, a return to Washington is a possibility.

Nats general manager Mike Rizzo didn’t beat around the bush when asked earlier this month if the team was interested in signing Schwarber again.

“Why wouldn’t we? I love him,” Rizzo said.

Manager Dave Martinez revealed Thursday on MLB Network that he has been spending time with Schwarber in Ohio. While it’s unclear if Martinez made a free-agent pitch to Schwarber, the skipper reiterated Rizzo’s stance that the team isn’t rebuilding, leaving the door open for a big offseason on the free-agent market.

Nov. 12: Red Sox not ruling out Schwarber return
J.D. Martinez decided not to opt out of the final year on his contract with the Red Sox, so he'll be back as Boston's starting designated hitter in 2022. But chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom remains hopeful the club can find a way to bring back Schwarber.

"Obviously, we have to be mindful of what that fit would look like, and knowing that we have J.D. as a force in our lineup who is a primary DH, that obviously means something for how the roster comes together and the different possibilities we look at," Bloom said. "But they both fit. We got six wins from a title with them being key players for us, so there's no reason it can't fit going forward."

Schwarber started 37 regular-season games with the Red Sox after Boston acquired him from the Nationals in July -- 14 in left field, 14 at DH and nine at first base. The Red Sox's typical starting lineup before Schwarber arrived had Martinez at DH, Alex Verdugo in left and Bobby Dalbec at first.

Nov. 5: Schwarber becomes free agent
Schwarber is a free agent after declining his end of an $11.5 million mutual option for 2022. He'll get a $3 million buyout from the Red Sox.

It was a no-brainer move for Schwarber, who produced 32 homers and a career-high .928 OPS over 113 games between the Nationals and Red Sox in 2021 after being non-tendered by the Cubs last offseason. Schwarber ultimately signed a one-year deal with Washington in January that guaranteed him $10 million.

The 28-year-old's free-agent stock is much higher this offseason, not only because of his improved offensive production in 2021 but also because the next Collective Bargaining Agreement could add a universal designated hitter, which would be a boon for a player whose defense has always been a question mark.

The fact that he isn't eligible to receive a qualifying offer after being traded during the season also helps his case, as he won't be tied to Draft-pick compensation.