The Washington Nationals came into the offseason looking to make a splash, and kicked things off last weekend by signing Jayson Werth to a seven-year contract. The team didn't intend to stop there, though, checking in on Cliff Lee before reportedly dropping out.
If the Nationals are indeed out on Lee, though, that doesn't mean they're done trying to make headlines, as Ed Price is reporting that they're making an aggressive push for Zack Greinke.
The Zack Greinke trade rumors have been swirling for a few weeks, and a lot of teams seem to be treating him as a Cliff Lee backup, as Greinke is the second-best pitcher on the market. And it would make sense for the Nationals to get involved, given that they're an unlikely Lee destination, but also given that they have the young resources necessary to land Greinke from the Royals in a deal.
According to Ken Rosenthal, five teams are in serious pursuit of Greinke, while another three are hanging around. In any trade, the Royals are looking to get help both on the mound and up the middle.