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Report: The Nationals are also in on free agent Jason Heyward

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It was reported earlier this afternoon that the Cardinals, Cubs, and Angels were the finalists for free agent outfielder Jason Heyward, but there’s a surprise team in the mix.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Nationals have been revealed as the infamous “mystery team.” It’s unclear who has the top bid at this point, but Heyman also writes that it’s believed Heyward has at least one $200 million offer on the table.

If the Nationals were to sign Heyward, they’d presumably stick him in center field and continue to go with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth in the corner spots. This would move young Michael Taylor back into a fourth-outfielder role, though he’s obviously good insurance with Werth’s recent injury history.

Given Heyward’s age (he just turned 26 in August) and all-around game, he’s regarded as the top position player on the market. Many expect he’ll end up with a 10-year contract. The market for position players has been slower to develop than the pitchers, but it sounds like things are finally heating up.