VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have inquired about Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois at least three times since the Winter Meetings, but the two clubs are not close to a deal, according to a baseball source familiar with the two clubs.
Bourgeois would be no more than a stopgap if he became a member of the Nationals. He is coming off his best season, hitting .294 with 31 stolen bases in 2011. Bourgeois can play all three outfield positions and second base.
So far, Nationals manager Davey Johnson has been happy with the outfielders he currently has on his Spring Training roster, saying that Washington has more depth in the outfield than it did a year ago at this time. He pointed out that Roger Bernadina is using the whole field to get base hits, while Rick Ankiel doesn't "look tight" at the plate like he did last year.
Johnson continues to rave about Brett Carroll, who is having a great spring at the plate and on defense.
Another baseball source believes it's no more than 50-50 that the Nationals will get the center fielder they are looking for. The Nats already have a lot of center-field candidates, with Jayson Werth leading the way.