Johnson eyes outfield depth for 2012 Nats

Johnson eyes outfield depth for 2012 Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals entered Friday's game against the Braves at 76-79, their second-best record since moving to Washington after the 2004 season.

Manager Davey Johnson believes there are fewer question marks regarding the team going into Spring Training next year. However, the skipper would like to see the team acquire outfield depth.

Johnson pointed out that the club has quality outfielders in the farm system, but they are not close to being ready to play in the big leagues next year.

"I think one of the areas the Nationals are lacking is depth in the outfield. The Minor League system has a lot of good young outfielders, but they are not knocking on the door yet," Johnson said. "So that is an area where if we could pick up somebody to fill that role, that would be good."

Johnson did not mention it, but the Nationals could use help on the bench. Entering Friday's action, Nats reserves have gone 36-for-194 (.186) with two home runs and 14 RBIs. Johnson has not made it a secret that he would like more production from an RBI standpoint than relying on speed and defense.