Forget Bryce Harper, the Nationals have done a ton of work this offseason to replace his absence. They have recently added Brian Dozier to fill their hole at second base, with Daniel Murphy signing with the Rockies, and they have made many other additions under Mike Rizzo this offseason, including signing Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez and trading for Yan Gomes.
Dozier's deal is reportedly worth $9 million over one year.
These signings have filled part of the hole that Harper made when he left this offseason as a free agent, assuming he doesn't return to fill it himself. Signing Patrick Corbin adds another arm to the loaded Nats rotation, with veterans Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer heading it.
The Nationals introduced Patrick Corbin on December 7th.
Mike Rizzo has filled the what was empty right-field in-house, with the outfield featuring Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton. Sure, it's not Bryce Harper, but with the depth the Nationals possess in the infield, behind the plate, and on the mound, having an outfield with some youth mixed with experience is the perfect storm for the Nationals, who are in a division where the majority of teams are still adding pieces to try and make a playoff push.
The addition of Brian Dozier for the Nationals is one of the final pieces that they need to overcome the potential loss of the face of their franchise. Adding the pieces that they already have this offseason to the signing of Dozier, and the Nationals may just be a team to sneak into the postseason. Sure, losing Bryce Harper will be very hard for the Nationals to overcome, but with what they have done to try and offset his loss, Washington could be a very dangerous team in 2019.