Nationals Roundup

Updated: November 9, 2013

Mired in Washington Redskins disappointment, I thought I would update the Nationals state of affairs. Wait, I forgot about lingering disappointment with that Washington pro franchise as well…. Was the 2013 Nationals disappointment an aberration? Or was the 2012 success the aberration? Let us know at the DCPRO reddit page!

Are the Nats already giving up on center fielder Denard Span? This is fine by me if they are looking to expand their Scott Boras client base with Red Sox free agent Jacoby Ellsbury. Shin-Soo Choo is another potential target, the Reds outfielder getting a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer from Cincinnati in an effort to get him to stay in town. Players have until 5pm on Monday to accept such offers, of note, the Nationals did not tender Dan Haren or Chad Tracy.

Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards are behind us, but we have some other key dates ahead.

Monday – Rookie of the Year
Tuesday – Manager of the Year
Wednesday – Cy Young
Thursday – Most Valuable Player

Other key dates to remember are the Winter Meetings @ Disney World from December 9th through the 12th. The end of the meetings coincide with the Rule 5 draft on the 12.12. Clubs must set their 40-man rosters by Monday, December 9th.

Free agency may be the best option since the Nationals Farm system has taken a hit from the Gio Gonzalez and Span deals. Baseball America has updated Washington’s top ten prospects with pitcher Lucas Giolito atop the list. Bleacher Report re- racked their top ten at season’s end, they have pitcher A.J. Cole at the top.

The folks at Sports on Earth have Hot Stove previews from across the majors, including the NL East. CF, 1B and SP identified as needs by writer Jonathan Bernhardt. Why a first baseman you ask? Adam LaRoche may be on the block, or should be according to the Outside Corner. A popular rumor is the possibility of Washington pursuing mega-free agency Robinson Cano. Pitching trade targets include David Price and Max Scherzer atop the list.

Masahiro Tanaka is the top International free agent, arguably the overall top pitcher available in free agency. Tanaka is thought by some to be the next Yu Darvish. The Nationals have scouted him, but the Yankees are expected to go to the wall for him.

Minor league players also become free agents and Baseball America has compiled a list, including 26 Washington players.

Kudos to the Washington Nationals media folks for putting together a video following new Manager Matt Williams first day on the job.

Our Yard Barker brothers at Off Base Percentage website gave some unusual year end awards, including LVP (Least Most Valuable Player) and Cy Yuck.

Heading to Spring Training? The Nationals released their Grapefruit League schedule. Washington has 14 home dates at Space Coast Stadium. The Nationals first game is on the road on February 28th against the New York Mets, just three and a half months away! The Nationals open up the 2014 regular season at the New York Mets on March 31st. Play by play man Bob Carpenter had his contract renewed by MASN, which is good news for all of us.

Finally, in case you missed it, the Lerner family sent a message to Nationals fans.

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