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Washington’s most glaring issue is the back end of the bullpen, and all signs point to the Nationals likely making a move for White Sox closer David Robertson. Washington has whiffed on essentially every free agent reliever this offseason, including, but not limited to, Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen. They also gave up a ton — two top-50 MLB prospects and their 2016 first-round pick — to get Adam Eaton. It’s a bold strategy, Cotton.
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