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We have a solid leadoff bat.
Yeah not sure what's wrong with leaving Werth at leadoff next year. He's not going to be a big power hitter anymore in his career, not as he gets older and his wrist continues to be a problem. Which is fine, he's my favorite kind of leadoff hitter -- one with a decent amount of power and not overly reliant on stolen bases.
steve lombardozzi had a .317 OBP with a 4.6 BB%. His defense is average. He's perfectly fine in this role. Days off for SS, 2B, LF, pinch hitting and running, and two weeks of starting if a guy hits the DL. He's not a guy we should give 650 PA's to.
Minor League gurus: What are we gonna do with Rendon? Isn't he gonna be ready soon?
Don't claim to be a guru, but I did make a point to go see he, Goodwin and Hood when they came to Bowie. I think we'll know a lot in Feb. when we see where Rendon gets used on defense. He is relatively short, so it won't be him moving to 1b at any point (not that everyone thinks he is, but I have read that), so I can't wait to see what they do. Also pumped to see Goodwin in big league camp.
I heard something like moving rendon to 2nd until Zim stops being good defensively, then move Zim to first and put rendon at 3rd or something like that?
Just happened to see this on the Nats board: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/winter-baseball/arizona-fall-league/2012/2614158.html
Ultimately, Rendon could wind up changing positions and he's open with that. He was initially a second baseman as a youth due to his small stature before eventually finishing his high school career at shortstop, and he played some second in 2011 for Rice. He'll do anything at all to be able to get to the big leagues, especially with a Nationals franchise that looks to be one of the rising powers in the National League.
"We have a great team up there. If that day comes and they feel I can help the team in whatever way I can, I'm up for moving to any position," Rendon said.
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one thing that hurts - and won't go away until next spring - is the fact i will miss turning on the tube every night and watching this team play. we watched when they were shitty and loved them, but damn they were so fun to watch this year. always exciting, very talented, etc.
obviously the goal is to win it all. it sucks we won't be able to obtain that goal. but what really hurts is the season ended last night. where in years past, we had multiple weeks/months to countdown and prepare for the last game.
i'm really going to miss watching this group. really gave us something to watch and invest for 165 nights.
Morse hit 18 hrs in 102 games, which equals out to about 30 in a full season. But keep in mind he absolutely could not hit for power the first month or two back from injury. IMO, you just don't sit a guy who's a HR threat every AB with relatively good plate discipline, even though he may be weak defensively. I think we work something out with Laroche, and I'm absolutely fine going into next season with this lineup:
A bench of:
And a rotation of
EJax or FA
That's a stacked motherfucking baseball team. I think we learned Gio is not an ace, but he won't have to be next year. Just because our bullpen sucked out and blew our season doesn't mean we have to do anything drastic except improve our bullpen. You're not going to have all-stars 1-8 in the lineup and 1-5 in the rotation, it just doesn't happen.
I felt like I should have issued an amber alert for myself, just in case
just one catcher?
Suzuki/Ramos is a great catching duo, assuming Ramos comes back at 100%.
I don't want Edwin Jackson back. He wants a multi-year deal and the Nats were just 12-21 in games he pitched (including the relief appearance in game 5). The starting pitching as a whole in the post season was bad, but he was God awful. Go kill some other team.
Edwin Jackson was...well... Edwin Jackson. He did not do anything different from his past history(and this certainly did not lend to him being the highest paid pitcher on the staff). Not so sure Lannan couldn't have done better/same. Espinosa has to go as far as I'm concerned, 189 strikeouts is just not acceptable. Eveything concerning the infield revolves around 2 things, the first is Zims shoulder surgery and the other is LaRoche. Gonna be an interesting winter.
I want the same exact team next season
is it spring training yet?
I guess my question is why does it have to be Morse or Laroche rather than can we have Morse and Laroche AND add a quality outfielder?
Do you know that Morse, Werth, and Harper are healthy for 162 games? Is Laroche? I like Moore filling in at LF or 1st depending on what happens.
Are Morse and Laroche guys that will cause trouble if both are around along with another outfielder? Or can they live with that if it is for the good of the team and they are on a quality team at this stage in their career?
I'd just like this season to still be going on.
Really just need to address the bullpen.
Garcia takes EJax's place as a starter.
Give Espinosa another year to figure it out at the plate (but if he again leads the NL is strikeouts, probably need to take another look.
Everyday lineup is set.
Better at catcher with Ramos back.
In other words, agree with Keegs.
god i miss this team so fuckin much.
Hey guys, i sat in my fucking seat for a full 30 minutes after the game. I didn't move once after I sat down when fucking Kozma hit that single. The only second guessing I'm doing is why didn't we walk him and why did we pitch EJax. I can't fault Davey for sticking with Gio and Storen - those are your guys. Also, I'm glad there's no SS talk. We had our guy in game 5 with a 6-run lead.
First, we obviously don't resign Edwin. He wants a longer deal and we have pitching prospects that will take up his spot in 2014. I think we either pitch Lannan, convert Garcia, or get an EJax-type vet to come in for a year or two and eat innings. I'm leaning towards the latter, but glad we have options if we strike out.
I think you seriously look at shopping Morse to an AL team for a CF, SP, or prospects. He's just way too slow to play in the OF and his 1B defense/offense is not worth dumping LaRoche. I love Morse, but he just doesn't fit this team's needs.
Resign LaRoche. You can't expect the same numbers, but he's a career .270/.338/.482 that will give you 25+ HRs and 60+ extra base hits. And he's defense is elite.
I think Davey (he will be back) sticks with Espinosa. I don't exactly feel comfortable saying look at Desmond this year - give him time. But I can't feel comfortable giving up on an elite defensive 2B who's 25 and hit 20+ HRs this year. The SO's are obviously a concern, but I think he gets another full year.
I think you also have to take a look at the free agency pool for CF's. I think Harper is fine there for another year or two until Goodwin makes it up, but I like him more in RF. If you don't keep Morse, Moore deserves a look at LF, but I'd rather go for defense in the OF and go Werth/Upgrade at CF/Harper.
Good to know we're set a catcher. Suzuki/Ramos is a solid tandem.
We had a great fucking year. It ended in heartbreak, but it was a tough series playing your first postseason games against a veteran playoff team who won it all last year. We'll be back.
Has a franchise ever actually won a title without a painful playoff loss in its past? 97 Marlins are the only example I can think of.
Cardinals? White Sox?
You construct the roster so that Danny Espinosa is your 8th best hitter. If you do that you then LOL at the rest of the league when you get .730 OPS with 15 to 20 homers, 20 steals plus elite D from that spot.
Are you kidding Rufus? The guy was playing with a bum shoulder. Look at the free agent list for second baseman. Ask the Orioles - a team desperate to fill that spot - who they're going after. Unless the Red Sox want to trade Dustin Pedroia for John Lannan and Tyler Moore you are not upgrading at second base.
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i don't want espy. his strikeouts are unbearable. if he's hitting 40 bombs that's okay. but how many f'n times has he left runners stranded b/c he's terrible and strikes out?
LOL, absolutely. We're tossing around Rocky Keppinger seriously, so the well is pretty dry for 2B. I would punch someone's grandmother in the mouth for Danny Espinosa at 2B for the O's. They might have 20 infield errors the whole year.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
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