[Nyjer Morgan} is the not the only outfielder the Nationals are looking at. They have interest in Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer. He began the season as Atlanta's everyday center fielder, but was sent down after the team acquired Nate McLouth from the Pirates.
The Nationals have been unhappy with their outfielders for quite some time. They have come to the conclusion that Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham belong in the American League as designated hitters and Elijah Dukes makes too many mental mistakes.
Only Willie Harris and Austin Kearns have played solid defense, but they are not part of the team's long-term plans.
The presence of Nate McLouth does make Jordan Schafer expendable if trading him nets us a more established offensive player. Man, they're already looking to trade Adam Dunn... Jim Bowden really messed that team up. Dunn is only signed for two years, and is relatively affordable, but I can't fathom us trading for Dunn when we could have signed him without giving up anything just four months ago.
Josh Willingham has always intrigued me, and I would consider him a definite offensive upgrade over Jeff Francoeur or Garret Anderson -- Willingham has the best OPS on the Nationals at .919. I'm not convinced that I would trade a prospect on the magnatude of Jordan Schafer for Willingham, but maybe he's worth it.
The article also says that they are interested in acquiring a second baseman after the season, could they have interest in Kelly Johnson?