3 Players Who Definitely Won't Be on Nationals Roster Next Season

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after Anthony Rendon #6 scored on a two run RBI double by Howie Kendrick #47 in the third inning of game three of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Three | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals are World Series champs, and plenty of fans would be thrilled if this exact team returned in full, but baseball is a business, and we know that won't happen.

Washington has some big-time free agents they need to make decisions on, as well as some key figures when it comes to their team chemistry. With budgetary concerns in mind, here are three players who definitely won't be back on the Nationals roster next year.

3. RHP Fernando Rodney

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26:  Fernando Rodney #56 of the Washington Nationals is taken out of the game against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
World Series - Houston Astros v Washington Nationals - Game Four | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Fernando Rodney is 42 years old and is becoming a free agent. After a year where he struggled to get outs on a consistent basis, you have to imagine he won't get many phone calls and he'll just call it a career, especially now that he's a World Series champion. Even though they won the whole thing, the majority of Washington's bullpen struggled throughout the series, with rested starters picking up key outs instead (that's what rotation depth can do for you!). The Nationals need to address this weakness, and it starts by not bringing Rodney back.

2. 2B Brian Dozier

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29:  Brian Dozier #9 of the Washington Nationals runs to first base against the Cleveland Indians at Nationals Park on September 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians v Washington Nationals | G Fiume/Getty Images

Brian Dozier provided the Nationals with some power from the second base position, belting 20 home runs on the season, but he totaled just seven plate appearances during the postseason, including just one during the World Series. He's obviously not someone the organization has complete faith in, so they'll just let him walk in free agency.

1. 1B Ryan Zimmerman

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals looks on against the Houston Astros during the second inning in Game Two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
World Series - Washington Nationals v Houston Astros - Game Two | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

This is a tough one. Ryan Zimmerman was the first ever draft pick by the Nationals organization, and he's spent his entire 15-year career with them. However, he has an $18 million club option for 2020, and from a pure business standpoint, it makes sense to pay the $2 million buyout, as Zimmerman is no longer the dependable run producer he once was. Will he return on a short-term, cheaper deal? Or will he walk away from the game entirely? The second option seems more likely, with Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg (likely) commanding new deals.