LOS ANGELES -- According to a baseball source, the Nationals need outfield depth more than anything in the infield and behind the plate.
The source pointed out that the team doesn't have the outfielders in the Minor Leagues who are close to being ready for big league action. Outfielder Bryce Harper, for example, most likely will not be ready for big league action until during the second half of the 2012 season.
It's not a secret to that the Nationals are looking for a center fielder and a leadoff hitter. Another baseball source insisted that general manager Mike Rizzo would love to have Rays center fielder B.J. Upton. It's not known if the Rays and the Nationals have had serious talks.
It is known that the Rays have interest in shortstop Ian Desmond, who has been spectacular defensively but struggled with the bat.