In their search for an everyday right fielder, the Nationals explored trading for the Cubs’ Kosuke Fukudome, the Brewers’ Corey Hart and the Rays’ B.J. Upton, MASNsports.com reports.
However, none of the talks were particularly substantive, according to the report. Washington and Milwaukee didn’t see eye-to-eye on deal for Hart. The Nats would be unlikely to trade for Fukudome unless the Cubs ate a significant portion of the $26.5 million he’s due over the next two years, and they don’t believe Tampa would part with Upton unless they were out of the AL East race later this summer.
As a result, Washington is likely to use the combination of Willie Harris and Willy Taveras in right. The team hopes their defensive skills can offset their offensive shortcomings, according to the report.