The Nationals won the World Series in 2019 but have fallen off the map since then. However, they have some big contracts and are usually willing to take on more salary from other teams. While they have let some of their top talents go (Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, etc.), they have also signed some big free agents in recent years as well, including Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg (resigning), Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman (another resigning), and Patrick Corbin.
The Rockies haven’t made it to the World Series since 2007 and they have never won their division. In recent years, they have made some free agent signings but none were huge monetarily and all of the MLB free agent signings didn’t pan out. Since they got burned with those in the 2017-2018 offseason, the Rockies have been gun-shy about pulling the trigger on any move for outside players: trades or free agency.
Despite the differing styles that way, the two teams are, on paper, going to be two of the worst teams in the sport in 2022. Outside of Juan Soto, the Nationals have an awful offense, just like the Rockies. Their starting pitching is good but they have little depth in it now that Scherzer is gone. Also, their rotation is never healthy. They also have a bullpen that is compiled, largely, with young, fringe relievers. That’s the textbook definition of a bad team and both teams have all that.
The Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies are not a great fit for a trade
As we have gone through this trade target series, we have been able to get as many as 10 trade targets from a team for the Colorado Rockies but with the Washington Nationals, there are much fewer potential fits.
However, there are three Washington Nationals players that the Colorado Rockies should examine further for a trade.