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2015 Washington Nationals: Third Time's a Charm?

Discussion in 'Adopt-a-Team' started by JimRiceHOFer, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. JimRiceHOFer

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    Current roster for the 2015 Nationals:

    Starting Lineup:
    C  - Wilson Ramos
    1B - Ryan Zimmerman
    2B - Dan Uggla
    SS - Ian Desmond
    3B - Yunel Escobar
    LF - Bryce Harper
    CF - Denard Span
    RF - Jayson Werth

    Bench:  Jose Lobaton, Clint Robinson, Danny Espinosa, Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor

    SP - Stephen Strasburg
    SP - Max Scherzer

    SP - Jordan Zimmerman
    SP - Gio Gonzalez
    SP - Doug Fister
    Closer - Drew Storen

    Bullpen -  Tanner Roark, Matt Thornton, Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen, Sammy Solis, Matt Grace

    Minors Shuttle/Backups/DL:
    P - Taylor Jordan, Erik Davis, Christian Garcia, Felix Tavares, Eric Fornataro, A.J. Cole, Scott McGregor, Mitch Lively, Craig Stammen (DL-15), Rich Hill, Casey Janssen (DL-15), Felipe Rivero (DL-15), Jose Valverde
    OF - Brian Goodwin, Derrick Robinson, Tony Gwynn Jr., Matt den Dekker, Reed Johnson (DL-15)
    IF -  Emmanuel Burriss, Wilmer Difo, Chris Bostick, Trea Turner, Ian Stewart, Kila Ka'aihue, Anthony Rendon (DL-15)
    C - Devin Ivany, Steven Lerud, Dan Butler
     
    Free Agents:
    Asdrubel Cabrera - signed with Tampa
    Nate Schierholtz
    Scott Hairston
    Rafael Soriano
    Adam LaRoche - signed with White Sox
    Ross Ohlendorf
     
    Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees:
    Manny Delcarmen
    Emmanuel Burriss
    Dan Uggla
    Mike Carp
    Heath Bell
    Ian Stewart
    Steven Lerud
    Tony Gwynn, Jr.
    Rich Hill
    Kila Ka'aihue
    Cutter Dykstra
    Evan Meek
     
    Departures:
    Matt Purke - released
    Jhonaton Solano - released
    Pedro Florimon - claimed off waivers by Pirates
    Ryan Mattheus - elected free agency
    Ross Detwiler - traded to Rangers
    Steven Souza - trade with Rays/Padres
    Travis Ott - trade with Rays/Padres
    Tyler Clippard - trade with A's
    Jeff Kobernus - released
    Sandy Leon - traded with Red Sox
    Kevin Frandsen - released
    Jerry Blevins - traded to Mets
    Xavier Cedeno - traded to Dodgers
     
    Arrivals:
    Chris Bostick - trade with Rangers
    Abel de los Santos - trade with Rangers
    Joe Ross - trade with Rays/Padres
    Trea Turner - trade with Rays/Padres
    Dan Uggla - signed to minor league deal
    Heath Bell - signed to minor league deal
    Ian Stewart - signed to minor league deal
    Clint Robinson - signed to minor league deal
    Scott McGregor - signed to minor league deal
    Mitch Livley - signed to minor league deal
    Mike Carp - signed to a minor league deal
    Steven Lerud - signed to a minor league deal
    Yunel Escobar - trade with A's
    Max Scherzer - signed free agent
    Derrick Robinson - signed to a minor league deal
    Casey Janssen - signed free agent
    Tony Gwynn, Jr. - signed to a minor league deal
    Rich Hill - signed to a minor league deal
    Matt den Dekker - trade with Mets
     
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    Nationals close to resigning Kevin Frandsen
     
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/11/13/nationals-close-to-re-signing-kevin-frandsen/
     
    Frandsen, 32, is eligible for arbitration, and the deadline to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players is Dec. 2.
     
    The Nationals were pleased with Frandsen’s impact in the clubhouse and on the field last season. He hit .259/.299/.309 in 236 plate appearances and filled in all over the diamond because of injuries to starters. He played 21 games in left field, played 16 games at third base, 13 at second and nine games at first. Entering the season, Frandsen had five starts in the outfield but was willing to play left field when Harper was injured.
     
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    National agree to a one year deal with Kevin Frandsen
     
    http://m.nationals.m...-kevin-frandsen
     
    Nats avoid arbitration.  ESPN reports that it's a one-year-deal worth $1 million with incentives.
     
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    Whether it is Cabrera or someone else, I just hope they do not start the season with Espinosa at 2nd base.  He can be infuriating to watch at the plate trying to hit every pitch over the wall, regardless of count or situation...
     
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    Nats release Jhonaton Solano
     
    http://www.masnsports.com/nationals-pastime/2014/11/nats-release-jhonatan-solano.html
     
    Solano appeared in 36 big league games between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and impressed in his first taste of major league action, hitting .314/.351/.571 in 37 plate appearances in 2012. He hit two homers and drove in six when helping to fill in for an injured Wilson Ramos that year.
     
    The move leaves the Nats with 38 on their 40-man roster.
     
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    interesting conspiracy I've heard kicked around is the nats trade zimmerman, who has one year left on his contract, and go hard after scherzer, who was originally drafted by mike rizzo
     
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    Oh crap, Cecil Fielder is an infielder....
     
    Seriously though, sad to see Detwiler leave - he came up when the team was still crap at an early age (23)/before he was really "ready" and got knocked around a bit back in 2009/2010, which I think kind of affected his confidence/development.  Finally put it all together in 2012 when he got those 27 starts and pitched to a 3.40 ERA, but the combination of him taking a small step back the next year and other guys coming off the DL/guys they acquired (Gio and Fister) pushed him into the bullpen.  When the curve is working and all his stuff is down in the zone, he is effective albeit not overpowering, and I think the Rangers will be glad they got him....
     
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    Nats receive  2B Chris Bostick & RHP Abel de Los Santos from the Rangers in this trade
     
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    Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade
     
    RAYS GET …
    Steven Souza, outfielder, from Nationals
    Travis Ott, pitcher, from Nationals
    Rene Rivera, catcher, from Padres
    Burch Smith, pitcher, from Padres
    Jake Bauers, first baseman, from Padres
     
    PADRES GET …
    Wil Myers, outfielder, from Rays
    Ryan Hanigan, catcher, from Rays
    Jose Castillo, pitcher, from Rays
    Gerardo Reyes, pitcher, from Rays
     
    NATIONALS GET …
    Joe Ross, pitcher, from Padres
    Trea Turner, shortstop, from Padres (in June as a PTBNL)
     
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    Mike Carp signed by Nats

    http://www.masnsports.com/nationals-pastime/2015/01/some-arbitration-notes-and-minor-league-signings.html
    *minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training
     
    Carp, who had a breakout year with the Red Sox in 2013, batting .296/.362/.523 with nine homers and 43 RBIs in 86 games with the World Series champions, saw his production drop off last season.
     
    He batted just .175/.289/.230 in 59 games between the Red Sox and Rangers, and was designated for assignment by Boston in July. He was granted free agency by the Rangers in late September.

    *Also signed former Phillies AAA Catcher, Steven Lerud, to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training
     
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    Nats stockpiling ex-Red Sox players, now having acquired catcher Dan Butler from the Sox in exchange for Daniel Rosenbaum.  Nats already have alot of catching depth, so Butler will have to excell in camp I think to have a shot....
     
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/01/nationals-acquire-dan-butler-from-red-sox-for-danny-rosenbaum.html
     
     
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    Carp might be a nice fit for them.  They;ve had some real weaknesses pinch hitting in the last two years.
     
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    Hmmmm, lots of SSs and 2B men being acquired by the Nats, which is making some folks think that Desmond is absolutely being moved ASAP as soon as they can find a reasonable trading partner who wants him....
     
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    Quite possible. This is consistent with the way Rizzo does business. He is not going to pay through the ass simply because there is a hole at second. There is from time to time wish casting from us RS fans on one trade or another that Boston can bamboozle the Nats on. Not going to happen. Rizzo does not deal from weakness and, if anything, unreasonably tries to win every trade, though with some success -- e.g., Fister.
     
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    I've got to assume that Desmond and Zimmerman are gone after this year, if not earlier.  The Escobar move does not make a lot of sense to me, given they gave up their best relief pitcher for him. Maybe last year was an injury driven aberation for Escobar, but he's a meh offensive player at best and last year he had a -1.6 dWAR.
     
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    I think that assumption is solid on Desmond, less so on Zimmerman. The trade reflects a couple of things, IMO. Rizzo has effectively raised the white flag on his "blind spot", Espinosa. They are not counting on him to rebound at the plate. Second, they will not be in the Desmond business long term, barring a dramatic turnaround from recent seasons that suggest he has plateaued and may even be on the downside. The latter frees up $100+ MM, which could be steered to Zimmerman. The Zimmerman wish casting in the Hamels thread is not well grounded barring the Nats being out of the race by the next trading deadline, which seems highly unlikely.
     
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    I don't know how to embed tweets, but Heyman and Rosenthal reporting it's between the Nats and one other team to sign Scherzer to a 7-year deal.
     
    That would be ... something!
     
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    If it were Washington, they have to have a deal lined up to trade one of their starters
     
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    @jonmorosi: #Nats have been talking with "multiple" teams on Jordan Zimmermann trade possibilities over past few weeks, sources say.
     
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    Deal is getting very close, according to Adam Kilgore. 
     
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    Deal with Scherzer for 7 years/$210 mill.
     
    http://m.nationals.mlb.com/news/article/106764378/nationals-max-scherzer-agree-to-seven-year-210-million-contract
     
    FOXSports.com reported that half of Scherzer's seven-year deal with the Nationals will be deferred; he'll receive $15 million per year for 14 years. That means he'll be on the Nats' books through 2028. Yahoo Sports reported that Scherzer's deal also includes a $50 million signing bonus to be paid out over an unspecified amount of time.
     
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    Nats add Derrick Robinson on Minor league deal
     
    http://m.nationals.mlb.com/news/article/107288540/nationals-sign-outfielder-derrick-robinson-to-minor-league-deal
     
    Robinson, 27, reached the Majors with the Reds in 2013, playing in 102 games and spending time at all three outfield positions. The switch-hitter batted .255/.322/.323 over 216 plate appearances, with seven doubles, three triples and eight RBIs. He stole four bases in nine attempts.
     
    Robinson didn't play last season after having surgery on his left shoulder.
     
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    Nats sign Casey Janssen
     
    http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/01/28/washington-nationals-casey-janssen?xid=nl_siextra
    The one-year deal is worth $5 million and includes a 2016 mutual option, according to Rosenthal. The contract will also include an option buyout. 
    Janssen, 33, has played all eight of his MLB seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Over the last three seasons, he earned 81 saves, including a career-high 34 in 2013. 
    in 2014, Janssen finished with 25 saves and a 3.94 ERA in 50 appearances. He made $4 million last season with Toronto. 
     
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    Nats sign Tony Gwynn, Jr. to a minor-league deal
     
    http://m.nationals.mlb.com/news/article/110979264/tony-gwynn-jr-signs-minor-league-deal-with-nationals
     
    Gwynn, the son of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, spent last season with the Phillies, hitting .152 in 105 at-bats with three RBIs and three stolen bases. The 32-year-old has a chance to make the team as its fourth outfielder. With outfielder Jayson Werth limited as he recovers from Jan. 9 right shoulder surgery, Gwynn will get his share of playing time at Nationals camp.
     
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    Dennard Spann had surgery on a "core muscle" and will be out 2 months.
     
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    Nats trade Sandy Leon to the Red Sox for Cash
     
    http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/115516100/red-sox-acquire-catcher-sandy-leon-from-nationals
     
    The switch-hitting Leon, who is out of Minor League options, will probably form a catching tandem with Ryan Hanigan, a right-handed hitter. What the Red Sox will send to Washington for Leon is not yet known.
     
    Leon, who hails from Venezuela, played 33 games (26 starts) for the Nationals over the past three seasons. He hit .189 with a homer and five RBIs.
     
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    Heath Bell released by the Nats
     
    Anybody want him???
     
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    @JamesWagnerWP: Anthony Rendon getting second opinion from Dr. James Andrews today.
     
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    Rendon out for Opening Day, will start season on the DL.

    As will Jayson Werth...
     
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    Nats have released super-sub Kevin Frandsen
     
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    .086 batting average in ST may have had something to do with that...
     
    Little concerned with how injured this team is starting the season (Werth, McLouth, Span, Rendon) - include the now gone LaRoche, and that is 4 of the 5 team's 2014 leaders in oWAR missing, some for a while.  That, and you know Zimmerman is going to injure something soon.
     
    Could be counting on the awesome pitching staff to win a bunch of 2-1 games in the first couple months....
     
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    Clint Robinson makes Opening Day roster, Mike Carp, Rich Hill sent down
     
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2015/04/04/clint-robinson-makes-opening-day-roster-mike-carp-and-rich-hill-re-assigned/
     
    Robinson earned the chance with a consistent spring in which he hit .320 over 50 at-bats, slugging .580 with two home runs and five doubles. Drafted by the Royals in the 25th round in 2007, he spent a year each with the Blue Jays and Dodgers over the past two seasons. He has three hits in 14 big-league plate appearances.
     
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    The Nats are now 1-4 and appear to have a serious offensive problem.  In their first five games, they have yet to score more than 3 runs, and they've only gotten there once.
     
    Admittedly they're missing 1/3 of their starting line up and 2/3 of their outfield.  Kind of makes me wonder if they might be a match for some of the Sox's excess outfield talent.
     
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    Even in the games they somehow manage to score in, their defense betrays them.
     
    So, 16 of the starting shortstops in the League have yet to make an error, and then there's Ian Desmond of the Nats, who has 6 already by himself in 8 games.  That's as many as 22 "best" (aka non-error making) shortstops combined have made so far, in about 130 games....
     
    He also should have come home on Craig tonight in a tie game in the 7th on the road, which is not counted as an error but ended up being the difference in the game.
     
    Got to right the ship against a cold Phillies team at home this weekend or they are going to struggle to get to a decent April record...
     
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    The Nats look much better with their outfield back.  Spann looked pretty good yesterday, which suprised me.  With his muscle injury, I really expected him to look like crap for the near future.
     
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    Rendon diagnosed with oblique strain
     
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/12823599/anthony-rendon-washington-nationals-diagnosed-oblique-strain
     
    Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon will have to wait to resume his minor league rehab stint after being diagnosed with an oblique strain on Monday.
     
    The Nationals originally had hoped that Rendon, who finished fifth in the National League MVP voting last season after hitting .287 with 21 home runs and 83 RBIs, would be able to return by late this week.
     

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