Now that Adrian Gonzalez is a Red Sox, there's still a trade alternative for teams looking for a left-handed hitting first baseman.
The Dodgers' James Loney.
While both the Cubs and Nationals are focused on free agent Carlos Pena, Loney is available, according to major league sources.
The Dodgers would need to find a replacement for Loney if they traded him, but that shouldn't be a problem in a free-agent market deep in first basemen.
Interest from the Nationals in Loney makes sense — the team recently hired Bob Schaefer as a special assistant in its front office. Schaefer previously was Joe Torre's bench coach with the Dodgers.
The Cubs and Brewers also have inquired on Loney, sources said.
The Brewers would want him only if they traded first baseman Prince Fielder, which is unlikely.