These next few seasons will be crucial for the Washington Nationals. They've already fired manager Dusty Baker after the early postseason exit, despite him winning at least 95 games in back-to-back years.
Those seasons also resulted in back-to-back division titles.
In a new regime, many guys may be lost in free agency. The old vets Jayson Werth, Howie Kendrick and Joe Blanton's contracts are up, and may be done in the nation's capital, while all eyes will be focused on Bryce Harper, who's contract expires after next season.
Slugger Adam Lind is officially the first one out of the door.
Nats announce the mutual option on the contract of Adam Lind for 2018 has been declined. Lind is now a free agent.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) November 2, 2017
The first baseman spent most of his 11-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays. In eight eventful years in Toronto, Lind banged in a total of 146 HR, and won the 2009 Silver Slugger Award at DH.
In one season in Washington Lind was impressive off the Nats bench, with .303 batting average, .513 slugging percentage and 14 homers in 116 games played.
Lind's departure could end up leaving a significant hole in the depth of the Nats offense, especially if Werth and Kendrick leave.