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Adam Eaton | Outfielder | #2

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 176
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Miami (OH)
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 19 (0) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details
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Adam Eaton was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets in the night inning due to an apparent leg injury.
Eaton hustled to beat out an infield single in the ninth inning but immediately collapsed after reaching the first base bag and had to be carried off of the field. He appeared to roll his left ankle on the base as he ran through. He'll undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury. Michael Taylor could see increased action in the outfield if Eaton is forced to miss any significant time with this injury. Look for an update on his status from the Nationals on Saturday. Apr 28 - 11:24 PM

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Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a homer, two walks and three runs scored Thursday against the Rockies.

This would seem to settle it: there's no way manager Dusty Baker can take Eaton out of the leadoff spot right now, no matter his previous plans. Eaton first, with Trea Turner batting second, is the Nationals' best option, even if it cuts down on Turner's steal attempts.
Apr 27 - 6:46 PM

Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

The Nationals' big offseason acquisition has lived up to expectations in the season's first three weeks, batting .292/.390/.431 with one home run, seven RBI and three stolen bases. He has done a great job of setting the table and has scored 15 runs in 17 games.
Apr 22 - 8:49 PM

Adam Eaton is getting a day off on Saturday, taking a seat against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies.

Michael Taylor is drawing the start in center field in his absence and batting seventh for the Nationals while Wilmer Difo slides up to the leadoff spot. Expect Eaton to be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Apr 15 - 10:26 AM

Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Eaton drove in the Nationals' only run in the 6-1 defeat via an eighth-inning RBI single. He also doubled in the contest, his fourth two-bagger through the first week-and-a-half of play. Wednesday's showing was not only his second multi-hit game of the season, it was his second multi-hit performance in the last three contests.
Apr 12 - 7:48 PM

Adam Eaton will bat second on Opening Day against the Marlins.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker previously said that he didn't want to go with Eaton, Bryce Harper, and Daniel Murphy consecutively in the lineup, but that's exactly what he's doing on Opening Day. It will be interesting to see how long he sticks with it, but it's worth a shot since the Marlins don't have any lefties in their bullpen. Of course, it's worth noting that the right-handed hitting Anthony Rendon (calf) is out Monday, so things could change once he's back to full health.
Apr 3 - 9:29 AM

Hitting sixth, Adam Eaton went 0-for-3 Tuesday in a loss to the Red Sox.

It's a logic puzzle: Trea Turner has to hit first, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy have to hit back-to-back and three lefties can't hit consecutively. It all adds up to Eaton hitting sixth for the Nationals at the beginning of the season, something that would take a big toll on his fantasy value. It would probably take someone from the front office stepping in to change Baker's mind, and that doesn't seem likely to happen in D.C.
Mar 7 - 4:34 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated again on Monday that he isn't set on using Trea Turner and Adam Eaton out of the top two spots in the order.

Baker wants to use Turner out of the leadoff spot, so the main issue is that he doesn't want three left-handed batters behind him. If Eaton was to bat second, he would be followed by Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper. "Do I bat two or three left-handers in a row and let the manager wipe out my whole lineup with a couple lefties during the course of a game?" Baker asked. "Or do I try to achieve balance?" Baker could fix the issue by batting Eaton leadoff and the right-handed hitting Turner out of the No. 2 spot, but it sounds like he doesn't like that idea. At least for now. If Eaton ends up hitting lower in the order, it could mean that Jayson Werth will end up in the No. 2 spot in the order, but Baker plans to try some different ideas throughout the spring. It's a situation to watch for fantasy owners.
Feb 28 - 10:51 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Friday that he will bat Trea Turner leadoff and possibly hit Jayson Werth second.

The assumption has been that Adam Eaton would either bat leadoff or second for the Nats, but it sounds like he might hit in the lower half of the order. Baker's reasoning is that he doesn't want to bat three lefties in a row if Eaton hits second and is followed by Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper. That's fine, but he could easily solve that with Eaton at leadoff and Turner in the two-hole. Hopefully Baker will come to his senses by Opening Day, but we can't count on it. It's something to track this spring, as it could greatly affect Eaton's potential runs output.
Feb 17 - 1:52 PM

Nationals acquired OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning.

Washington was determined to make a splash at this week's Winter Meetings, and this is a big one. Eaton was a 6.0 fWAR player for the White Sox in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 157 games while playing strong defense in right field. He won't rate as well in center with the Nationals, but it's a tremendous addition to the lineup and the 28-year-old is on a very team-friendly contract that can potentially run through 2021. That's why it took three of the best young starting pitching prospects in the game to acquire him.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have agreed to a trade that will send Adam Eaton to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman is reporting that in addition to Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez will also be heading over to the White Sox. 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning is in the package too. With the Nationals, Eaton will more than likely patrol center field, allowing the team to move stud youngster Trea Turner to shortstop. Eaton is a terrific table-setter for that Washington lineup and he's on a very team-friendly contract that runs through 2021, but this is another massive haul of young talent for Chicago.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:06:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the White Sox are "close" to a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

Rosenthal further relays that Victor Robles is not part of the deal as it is currently coming together. The Nationals have also reportedly been linked to outfielders Andrew McCutchen, Lorenzo Cain and Charlie Blackmon. Eaton cracked 14 homers, drove in 59 runs and stole 14 bases in 619 at-bats last season while working to a .284/.362/.428 triple-slash.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:46:00 PM

MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are working on a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

The White Sox are in full sell mode right now after their trade of Chris Sale to the Red Sox. As for their potential trade partner here, the Nationals have reportedly been in on Andrew McCutchen but appear to be broadening their outfield targets. Eaton hit .284/.362/.428 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 14 steals over 619 at-bats in 2016.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals are considering White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton.

After missing out on Chris Sale, the Nationals have pivoted back to landing a center fielder. And their search is stretching beyond Andrew McCutchen. It only makes sense that Eaton's name would come up, as the White Sox probably already know who they'd like from the Nationals' system. Other trade candidates include Lorenzo Cain with the Royals and possibly Charlie Blackmon with the Rockies.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 02:04:00 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals "are one of several teams that are believed to have approached" the White Sox about center fielder Adam Eaton.

The Cardinals are looking for help in their outfield and have emphasized upgrading their seeped and athleticism this winter, so Dexter Fowler is at the top of their wish list among free agents and they have checked in on Ian Desmond, but they are also eyeing the trade market. In addition to a possible pursuit of Eaton, Goold hears that the Cardinals have talked to the Royals about Lorenzo Cain and that the Rockies are willing to trade Charlie Blackmon for a "high return." The Cardinals have talked with the Rockies in the past about Blackmon, so it's possible they revisit those talks now. Eaton is signed through 2021 on a team-friendly deal, so the White Sox don't have to move him, but he would be another significant chip to get their rebuild effort moving along.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:25:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Koda Glover
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Enny Romero
8Matt Albers
9Jacob Turner