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|Robinson Cano might need to come down from his lofty contract demands.|
Furthermore, the only player that the Nats have on the books after 2017 is Ryan Zimmerman, and in 2016, the only other players who currently have major salaries on the books are Werth and Gio Gonzalez. Washington likes to promote from within, but most of its top prospects got just a tiny taste of Double-A last season, if they got there at all. There isn't a top prospect coming in April, so the team needs to supplement externally.
The Nationals are a wealthy team, and they will become even more so after their MASN contract dispute with the Orioles is resolved. They had a high payroll last season, but as this chart shows, it certainly wasn't unreasonable. Adding Cano to the mix is a move that makes sense for the team on the field and on the balance sheet, and if that wasn't enough, it would be a nice shot in the eye to the rival Atlanta Braves, who currently have a giant question mark at second base in Dan Uggla.