Earlier this week, the Rockies scooped up the best remaining free-agent reliever when they agreed to a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Greg Holland. Holland hasn't pitched since September 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. Among the other clubs connected to Holland were the Washington Nationals, who were involved in just about every big free-agent closer this offseason. They were in on Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees, Kenley Jansen before he re-signed with the Dodgers and Mark Melancon before he signed with the Giants. Obviously, they landed none of them. The Nationals started last season with Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth-inning role and finished it with Melancon as their closer following a midseason trade with the Pirates. Papelbon was released and Washington hasn't added a new closer this offseason, meaning a team that fancies itself a World Series contender currently has an opening in the ninth inning. Based on their hot stove activity -- i.e. not going all out to sign Chapman, Jansen, Melancon or Holland -- the Nationals don't seem to be overly concerned about their closer situation. Would they like to improve their bullpen? Of course. Every team would. But the market didn't present anything that made sense, so they didn't act. They had a plan and stuck to it.
The Nationals still don't have a closer, but there are plenty of ways to find one
CBS Sports | Jan 28