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Re: Offseason Decisions: Who to keep, who to add, etc. [Re: TBP] #609598
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Originally Posted by TBP
The Nationals need a righthanded bat to hit behind Soto. That's essentially Realmuto or Ozuna, and I think the outfield if they don't add Ozuna is in better shape than the catching if they don't add Realmuto (especially since Suzuki is a free agent.) So I would target Realmuto first. I'm comfortable with Stevenson, Robles, and Soto as the starting outfield.

As usual, the bullpen needs help. I'd look into Liam Hendricks and Shane Greene. Greene also has the advantage of taking him from a divisional rival.

Anibal Sanchez is a free agent. I'd like to re-sign him, but if not, there are other starters available. Robbie Ray? Bauer? Gausman? Taijuan Walker? Chris Archer might be a good buy-low opportunity.

What else?


It's not my money so I'd sign Realmuto and Bauer. We can risk going into 2021 with a shaky bullpen if we have Bauer, Strasburg, Scherzer, and Corbin as our top four starters.

Re: Offseason Decisions: Who to keep, who to add, etc. [Re: SilverFox1] #609599
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Big changes with the Nats coaching staff. Third base coach Chip Hale and hitting coach Kevin Long are out. Puzzling move to extend Martinez and allow him to completely overhaul his staff. Is the belief that Martinez gets the credit for the World Series and the assistants get the blame for the collapse? I guess Davey has his set of friends that he plans on bringing in.


Just read the original news report on this. Not 100% sure but appears possible Long decided to look at other options? Did he want more $$ than the L's wanted to commit? Tough one, Soto has sung Long's praises time after time.



I checked a couple articles and didn't see any indication that Long quit, if anything it's possible that it was a mutual decision.

Thinking about it some more last night I'm taking it as a good sign that the Nats are cleaning house, it indicates that a last place finish is not acceptable. We have a youth movement coming on the roster so it is a good time to upgrade the coaching staff. My concern had been that Lerner was going to cut payroll faced with another season of either no fans or at least a big reduction of fans in the ballpark. But why replace the coaching staff if the plan isn't to reload for another World Series run? Fingers crossed that Rizzo is being given another big budget for next season.

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Source: Kevin Long is not expected to return to the Nationals as hitting coach in 2021. Long’s three-year deal just expired and he is expected to pursue other options outside of Washington.

— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 10, 2020

Who knows what happened -- did the Nats decide on the break, or Long -- we'll probably never know about the Insider discussions. At this point, it probably doesnt matter. Braves have been destroyed by injuries the past 2 seasons and they've still handily won the NLE 3x in a row. Nats need to figure things out.


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Re: Offseason Decisions: Who to keep, who to add, etc. [Re: PowerBoater69] #609630
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Originally Posted by PowerBoater69
That is not great news about the Lerner's finances taking a hit this year. When the team was under long term rebuild it was frequently mentioned that the Lerners were not going to pull money from their other businesses to fund the Nats, so ideally the status of their commercial property operation will not impact their baseball budget.


If the team had financial issues operating in a 60 game season with no fans, I imagine the possibility of next season playing 102 MORE games without paid attendance ( together with a crappy TV deal) may make The Lerners queasy about a big payroll. And the other variable: even if The L's pursue big dollar FA's, will guys like Ozuna & Realmuto be open to the L's back-ended, deferred deals.

Hope I'm wrong and they spend their lil asses off . Aside from Nats, most likely suitors include Phils, Mets, NYY, Angels, & STL.




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Re: Offseason Decisions: Who to keep, who to add, etc. [Re: SilverFox1] #609689
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Michael A Taylor is a free agent, he had one arbitration year left but the team sent him to the minors and he opted out. Great glove, seemed like a nice guy, but couldn't hit with any consistency. He'll be remembered for his post season success including a World Series home run.

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Taylor hit OK that one year when Dusty played him fairly regularly. He needs to play to hit.


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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Source: Kevin Long is not expected to return to the Nationals as hitting coach in 2021. Long’s three-year deal just expired and he is expected to pursue other options outside of Washington.


That's three coaches: Menhart, Hale, and Long.

I wouldn't mind seeing Don Cooper, just out as White Sox pitching coach, come here. I've also heard Jim Hickey's name mentioned. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Randy Knorr is back on the staff.


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They need a righthanded hitter, either Realmuto or Ozuna, and I hope it's Realmuto because with Suzuki a free agent, I'm more comfortable with the current group of outfielders than the current group of catchers.

There is money coming off the payroll. The Nats are pretty good at reallocating money.


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Originally Posted by TBP
Taylor hit OK that one year when Dusty played him fairly regularly. He needs to play to hit.


Good point. He'll have to tell his agent what he values when looking for a new club: cash, the chance to start, or the chance to make another playoff run. He might be able to reunite with the Astros but he'd have to accept a bench role.

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Originally Posted by TBP
They need a righthanded hitter, either Realmuto or Ozuna, and I hope it's Realmuto because with Suzuki a free agent, I'm more comfortable with the current group of outfielders than the current group of catchers.

There is money coming off the payroll. The Nats are pretty good at reallocating money.


Only problem with putting that much money in a catcher is you are signing a guy who is higher injury risk and usually gets fewer at bats than other position players, although at least through his twenties Realmuto has been getting plenty of plate appearances. Can he keep that up as he gets older? I'd be willing to take the risk but Rizzo has a lot better analytics on projected longevity.

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