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They have personnel decisions to make about several players, but for now I'll stick with a few IF position decisions for 2021:

FP says Thames has been working with Kevin Long alot. So far: he has a .205 BA and a measly 2 HR's, and been so disappointing that Davey puts LH hitting Cabrera at 1B some games. Team needs to decide if Thames is worth paying $4 million in 2021, or exercise the $1 million opt out clause and let him go. I'd boot him and pursue Marcell Ozuna in the offseason for 1B, altho I have no intel on his glove experience/abilities at the position. Or trade Eaton and slide Ozuna into RF or LF.

RE: 3B & 1B next season -- Cabrera (.233 ba - .309 obp) is an UFA after the season, so there's that.

With the financial uncertainties about next season, wont be surprised to see the Lerners be cautious with payroll, and avoid big dollar guys like Ozuna. He's killing it for Atl this season.


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Hard call on payroll, it's a big risk in case fan attendance doesn't come back in 2021, on the other hand there will be bargains if the free agent market crashes.

Agree on letting Thames go or at least renegotiate him down to $2 million. I'd pick up Eaton's contract, even with him on the team we'll need to start adding outfielders for depth and for the future.

Hard to blow up a World Series team but in hindsight that would have been the best option, go young.

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No attendance this season, so to me the Lerners seem more hampered than other teams by a MASN-TV deal that is O's-favored--- have there been any news stories lately about this ?


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Anibal Sanchez turns 37 in February. Comes back next year on a $12 million dollar salary, but Nats can cut him loose this Fall on buyout option for $2 million. Send him bye-byes.

Need 2 starters please.


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They have Castro for another year and Garcia is doing well. They'll need to decide if Garcia is ready to be the everyday 2B. If so, does Castro play 3B, get dealt, or DH a lot?

Zimmerman will also have an effect on their decision making. Does he come back in 2021, and if he does, at his age, is he effective? Also, how effective will Ross be after such a long layoff?

They need some quality lefty hitters to balance the lineup. They have Eaton, Soto, and Thames, and Thames is having an unusually bad year. Remember when Cristian Guzman came here and had a horrible year? A couple of years later, he was an All-Star. Players regress to the mean. I would expect Eric Thames to be more like his career numbers next year. Will he do it in DC? If not, they had best find a decent lefty bat who can play 1B when Zimm doesn't. (Or do they try to teach Stevenson 1B?)

What can Carter Kieboom do? Is he really the superprospect, or have we seen what he's likely to do in the bigs?

Are Corbin and Sanchez the pitchers they were in 2019, or more like they are in 2020?

I'd look into Lance Lynn and I'd call the Angels about Bundy. And, as always, they will need to find bullpen upgrades.

There are some interesting players available. Here is a list of 2020-21 free agents:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/2020-21-mlb-free-agents.html


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Sign Robbie Ray, who started in the Nats' organization?


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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
No attendance this season, so to me the Lerners seem more hampered than other teams by a MASN-TV deal that is O's-favored--- have there been any news stories lately about this ?


Nothing recent that I've seen on the MASN case, last update was looking good for the Nats but I don't think that money has changed hands.

Another revenue stream for the Nats will be the new sportsbook. They were going to build it this year but I don't know the current status. So far just the one at the Capitol One Center is open.

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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Anibal Sanchez turns 37 in February. Comes back next year on a $12 million dollar salary, but Nats can cut him loose this Fall on buyout option for $2 million. Send him bye-byes.

Need 2 starters please.



Right, need two starters and one better be an ace. Scherzer is still very good but not a Cy Young candidate and Strasburg remains injury prone.

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They have Castro for another year and Garcia is doing well. They'll need to decide if Garcia is ready to be the everyday 2B. If so, does Castro play 3B, get dealt, or DH a lot?

Zimmerman will also have an effect on their decision making. Does he come back in 2021, and if he does, at his age, is he effective? Also, how effective will Ross be after such a long layoff?

They need some quality lefty hitters to balance the lineup. They have Eaton, Soto, and Thames, and Thames is having an unusually bad year. Remember when Cristian Guzman came here and had a horrible year? A couple of years later, he was an All-Star. Players regress to the mean. I would expect Eric Thames to be more like his career numbers next year. Will he do it in DC? If not, they had best find a decent lefty bat who can play 1B when Zimm doesn't. (Or do they try to teach Stevenson 1B?)

What can Carter Kieboom do? Is he really the superprospect, or have we seen what he's likely to do in the bigs?

Are Corbin and Sanchez the pitchers they were in 2019, or more like they are in 2020?

I'd look into Lance Lynn and I'd call the Angels about Bundy. And, as always, they will need to find bullpen upgrades.

There are some interesting players available. Here is a list of 2020-21 free agents:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/2020-21-mlb-free-agents.html


I have low expectations for Thames or Zimmerman. Hopefully Garcia and Kieboom will continue to develop, otherwise we are in real trouble. Lots of turnover coming, we need Rizzo to find the right bunch of free agents because I think we are going to have to buy the next bunch instead of develop them.

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They have Castro for another year and Garcia is doing well. They'll need to decide if Garcia is ready to be the everyday 2B. If so, does Castro play 3B, get dealt, or DH a lot?

Zimmerman will also have an effect on their decision making. Does he come back in 2021, and if he does, at his age, is he effective? Also, how effective will Ross be after such a long layoff?

They need some quality lefty hitters to balance the lineup. They have Eaton, Soto, and Thames, and Thames is having an unusually bad year. Remember when Cristian Guzman came here and had a horrible year? A couple of years later, he was an All-Star. Players regress to the mean. I would expect Eric Thames to be more like his career numbers next year. Will he do it in DC? If not, they had best find a decent lefty bat who can play 1B when Zimm doesn't. (Or do they try to teach Stevenson 1B?)

What can Carter Kieboom do? Is he really the superprospect, or have we seen what he's likely to do in the bigs?

Are Corbin and Sanchez the pitchers they were in 2019, or more like they are in 2020?

I'd look into Lance Lynn and I'd call the Angels about Bundy. And, as always, they will need to find bullpen upgrades.

There are some interesting players available. Here is a list of 2020-21 free agents:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/2020-21-mlb-free-agents.html


I have low expectations for Thames or Zimmerman. Hopefully Garcia and Kieboom will continue to develop, otherwise we are in real trouble. Lots of turnover coming, we need Rizzo to find the right bunch of free agents because I think we are going to have to buy the next bunch instead of develop them.


Agree on Thames and Zimmerman, both unreliable. And re: Kieboom: Boswell hears that Trea Turner is like Rendon: likes the DC area but doesn't love it either. Turner's a UFA after the '22 season, so if he bolts it's worth keeping Kieboom around to see if he develops, or if Castro leaves after '21 season.


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Interesting thought about Turner maybe leaving, I can't remember the Nats ever trading a homegrown star player before they walk when they hit free agency.

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Wish I could remember where I read it. Earlier this week Doolittle talked about still throwing at 89-90 mph, and claimed he wasnt worried about it, because he can make adjustments. In the same article, Martinez was quoted as saying "Oh he has GOT to get his FB back up to 94". Interesting.


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Q: Nats free agents
Looking ahead to next year after this fiasco of a season, which of the Nats free agents should they attempt to keep?

A: Thomas Boswell
Doolittle, who'll be cheap because of age, injury history.

Asdrubal Cabrera: Very versatile, good teammate, insurance policy at 1st-2d-3d-DH and he's found a lte-career home in DC. He's had a poor year. Again, a cheap but probably decent bench piece that lets you spend elsewhere.

Suzuki, for one more year with Gomes, unless you think you have a shot at signing free agent JT Realmuto. Nobody knows what the FA market will look like --salaries could be down a LOT. And which team's can afford them?

I'll mull the rest and get back to you.

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Per Spotrac: 2019 payroll -- $172 mill. The 2021 payroll as of now -- $141 million on only 11 players. The figures do not include expiring contracts (notably Suzuki, Zimm + others), Arb or Pre-Arb contracts that are due up (the most prominent being Trea, Soto, Rainey, & Robles). And Nats are dedicating 59% of next year's payroll as of now to 3 players: Scherzer, Corbin, & Strasburg. Wow).

Team has options this offseason of up to $32.5 million on these guys: $12 mill on Sanchez, $10.5 mill on Eaton, $4 mill on Thames, and $6 mill on Kendricks. The first 3 are in real danger, and if Rizzo buys a big bat Kendrick could be in danger too, altho I love the guy and would hate seeing him go.



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Q: Luis García
Is he the real deal, or does he need "more seasoning" in the minors, as I keep reading online? .381 average, .766 OPS in 107 at bats, and 20 years old. Love the chats. Thanks, Tom in 316 (whenever fans can return to games)

A: Thomas Boswell
There's very little not to like about Garcia, especially his self-confidence, upbeat nature and desire to learn from older players. That plus exceptional hand-eye coordination, good hands, a SS-quality arm, years of hard work at baseball growing up and, at 20, a 6-foot-2, 211-pound frame certainly speak well for his history.

But "seasoning" is the right word --and a tough question.

He's hitting .372 with a .921 OPS vs RH pitching, but only .172 with a .345 OPS versus LHers. Of course, he did hit a game-winning 427-foot home run against a lefty --if I remember correctly-- who laid in a fastball on 0-0 in a bunt situation in the 10th inning last week.

Also, he has five errors. Not a lot. But with a prospect this good, you don't want to do anything that stunts his eventual development. You don't want him to STILL has a .336 on-base percentage --because of low walks and trouble with lefties-- when he's 25. Some players, by sticking in the majors, simply lock in their weaknesses. I always wondered if that happen to Jason Heyward. He got the big fre agent deal and is a wonderful OFer, but he never became the player than most thought he would become --a great one.

The Nats want Garcvia to get some at bats in the Dominican Republic this winter and work on some things. My guess is that Luis is going to have to improve while playing at the MLB level. He just seems too good to keep down for very long. What if he gets hurt in AAA? Then you feel like an idiot. Or develops bad hitting habits in the minors? Wouldn't you rather have him in the majors with Kevin Long (hitting coach) and Juan Soto studying every swing and helping him?

It may get crowded at 2d and 3rd base next season with Garcia, Kieboom (who's struggling) and Starlin Castro whom the Nats se as a first-rate 2d or 3rd baseman and team leader. Castro is only signed through '21, so that may work itself out by '22. But if Garcia started '21 in the minors for 100-to-200 ABs of polishing, you could rationalize it.

Tough call. I thnk he probably belongs in the majors from Day One next year. But, of course, part of that depends on his work this winter and perhaps next spring, too. Long-term, he looks like a lock --and we can se why the Nats refused to trade him --and everybody asked for him.

Now, next question, when will Carter Kieboom and Victor Robles, who should both be very good players --with Robles probably an All-Star a couple of times-- "turn into themselves?"

— SEP 21, 2020 12:38 PM

Q: Carter Kieboom
Boz, Even though there is a lot to talk about this Monday, I was wondering if Carter Kieboom has shown enough to keep him in the Nats plan for 2021. At this point he seems lost to me. Any thoughts as to whether it is too soon to give up on him? Thanks.

A: Thomas Boswell
Nobody is going to give up on Carter Kieboom any time soon --and by that I means for YEARS. He's got "long MLB career" written all over him. He's pressing. A 162-game season would do hima world of good, rather than a sprint season where a bad start works on your nerves. He could conceivably play another half-season in AAA to get squared away. But you are looking for the first spot to bring him back up. This is a 25-plus homer third baseman. I know he doesn't look like that now. He looks lost. Here's a tip: Everybody looks exactly the same when they are lost!

I remember him turning around two Verlander fastballs for long homers to left in spring training in '19. That guy will be back. Great work ethic, etc.

One very negative note: You will have a hard time finding any young player who has ever had just ONE extra-0base hit in 119 plate appearances, no matter what the extenuating circumstance were. You can only say "try easier" so many times. Ultimately, the player has to relax and let his own talent out.

Note: It's a small sample size, just the equivalent of 27.74 full games. But Kieboom is averaging 2.42 assists per nine innings at third base. This era, with all the strikeouts, makes it hard for a 3rd baseman to get as many assists --which are an excellent indicator of range-- as players in earlier times, like the great Mike Schmidt, for example. In his career, Mike averaged 2.40 assist per 9 innings at 3rd in his career. I know, I know --Kieboom's 27.74 games may mean nothing. But he only has three errors and, if we're going to be candid about the bad stuff in his season, then we should mention what might be positive, too.

— SEP 21, 2020 12:51 PM

Q: Nats rookies evaluation
Now that we’ve seen significant playing time for Nats rookies, what is your evaluation of them? Any special performers or surprises? Seem as if Kieboom was so overhyped that hard now challenging to fairly evaluate his inconsistent performance. How do you judge his odds of living up to the perhaps unrealistic expectations?

A: Thomas Boswell
My two cents: Stop worrying about Kieboom and focus on the free agent bats that ARE available --none of them third basemen. Look for corner OFers or 1st basemen.

Anthony Rizzo, despite hitting .212 with .718, will be a glamor free agent name. He may suck attention away from others and give the Nats an opening. The huge "get" would be catcher J.T. Realmuto (.863 OPS) but the price might be prohibitive.

OF Nick Castellanos, 28, who's only hitting .230 but with 13 homers and an .806 OPS might be a very good fit --not insanely expensive, but a very good, still young player who'd fit a need. Will Castellanos want to opt out of his current deal that has 3 more years and $46M on it, with a mutual option after that? Tough call. In a pandemic, maybe you just sit tight with the deal you have. Over the last 5 yrs, he's slashed .282/.334/.503 with 28 homers and 91 RBI per 162 games. And he's a good RFer. Not a big STAR, but a RH bat to put behind Turner and Soto. The Nats could afford him because, presumably, you would not bring back Adam Eaton who made $9.5M this year. If Castellanos is not an option --yes, he may be "wishful thinking"-- I think Eaton still has another good year left in him. (Nats have a $1.5M buy out with Adam and a $10.5M team option which, I assume, is considerably too rich after his poor year. But you can always tear up the deal you have and work out a new one. Tough call because we all saw what Eaton, still "only" 31, could do last year.

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Nobody is going to give up on Carter Kieboom any time soon --and by that I means for YEARS.


Kieboom just turned 23, which is still at the starting point of a typical career arc. We should expect a big jump forward next year and then by 2022 Carter should be entering his prime years. So I agree with Boz that it is too early to start judging Kieboom but "YEARS" is an over statement.

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That looked painful, Kieboom might be done for the season, hopefully nothing more than a bad bruise.

I've said this many times, the Nats should mandate that our batters wear every pad allowed by MLB. Too many preventable injuries.

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Nobody is going to give up on Carter Kieboom any time soon --and by that I means for YEARS.


Kieboom just turned 23, which is still at the starting point of a typical career arc. We should expect a big jump forward next year and then by 2022 Carter should be entering his prime years. So I agree with Boz that it is too early to start judging Kieboom but "YEARS" is an over statement.


The dilemna The Nats have is what to do with the IF next season. It'll be a game of musical chairs, and either Castro, Kieboom, or Garcia are gonna get left standing. Unless you trade Castro if the return makes sense.


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Lets hope we have an issue of one too many infielders. Take those three and see which two earn the spots next spring.

Have you seen what is going on with the draft picks? There are rumors that MLB is not going to use the standard rule for draft positions for next year. As of now the Nats would be the biggest losers in that scenario as we have fallen the most spots.

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This is from Jeff Passan at 954am, you heard anything since then ?
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Some news in 20 Questions: The 2021 draft order is highly likely to be based on a team's 2020 record, a source familiar with MLB's thinking told ESPN:

https://es.pn/3iSThVL

If the season ended today, top 5 would be:

1) Pittsburgh
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Boswell thinks The Nats could go after Realmuto. With Gomes having a year left on his deal and a re-signed Suzuki for 2021, that would take care of that position. Unless they wanna move Gomes to 1B and go after JTR for catcher. That dude is gonna have alot of bidders and the price could skyrocket. Have they announced if the DH will be back in the NL next season?


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Kendrick, Cabrera, Holt, and Harrison (sounds like a DC law firm) are all free agents after this season. I think they need to re-sign at least one.

The team has Castro, Garcia, and Turner. If Zimm's back, he plays first base. He no longer plays every day. Thames is a free agent. They'll need a backup 1B plus a utility man (Adrian Sanchez/)

Re-sign Eaton? Or use Taylor, Stevenson, and Hernandez? Not re-signing Eaton could save some money that could be redirected elsewhere (Realmuto? Robbie Ray?), but is it worth it?

Here is the full free agent list for 2020-2021:


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First two things Rizzo needs to know are whether there will be a DH and then what the budget will be. Hopefully Lerner authorizes a payroll up close to the salary cap, although I would understand if that doesn't happen due to the unknown status of fans in the ballpark for next season. That list of names has some guys that I'd like to see back but only after the big fish are in the boat.

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Nope, I was working on two day old info, that is great news.


Bo Porter saying he thinks Nats will pursue Realmuto BUT will not pursue too hard....sez catchers tend to fade starting in their early 30's, and JRT will command alot of cash And alot of years on his deal, and the bidding will go high. We'll see.

Meanwhile, Kendrick says he's unsure about coming back in '21. The guy's 37 and he's put up with so many injuries since coming here -- cant blame the guy if he's sick of it.


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I was looking at Realmuto's stats, his OPS has increased every single season he's played, which obviously can't last but I see that as a sign that he has a number of good seasons left to go. Question is whether we'd want him as our starting catcher. If a guy is hitting well and the team is spending a ton of money why put him in a position where injuries are more likely.

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I'd like to see them pursue Ozuna if they have to choose one. C position is set if they bring back Suzuki on a cheap deal, and Ozuna will prob have better longevity than JTR. But I'd be happy with either. But Ozuna may be cost prohibitive, too


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Whoa -- Bo Porter thinks Suzuki may be done in DC. Thinks Nats will instead pursue a LH hitting catcher to complement Gomes


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Whoa -- Bo Porter thinks Suzuki may be done in DC. Thinks Nats will instead pursue a LH hitting catcher to complement Gomes


I agree, I'm a Kurt Suzuki fan, but it is time for the Nats to get a whole lot younger.

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Nats dont have alot of good, young options outside of JTR. Cervelli or McCann ?


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Glad we're not the ones who have him $92mill/4yrs. He's had recurring leg/calf issues over the years:

"Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson is not on the club's roster for the American League wild-card series against the Houston Astros because of a calf injury.

Donaldson missed Minnesota's last two games of the regular season this past weekend because of cramping in his right calf. But the former AL MVP took batting practice Monday at Target Field, providing optimism that he would be in the lineup for Tuesday afternoon's game.

Donaldson, 34, is listed on Minnesota's taxi squad, meaning he could rejoin the Twins for this best-of-three series as a replacement for an injured player.

Twins utility man Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base Tuesday and bat ninth against his former club.

Donaldson struggled through an injury-plagued first season with the Twins, batting .222 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in just 28 games. The three-time All-Star is in the first year of a four-year, $92 million deal with Minnesota."

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What's the deal with the DH for next season? I read somewhere that the decision will be discussed at the GM meetings this winter. I hope that isn't true, it fucks over the NL teams if the decision isn't made before free agency begins.

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Havent heard much on that. There's so much scoring and so many HR's now, so do we need a DH? And a DH = more offense = longer games.

Otoh, having a DH will help all of these NL teams keep aging vets who normally would head to DH in the AL. Hmmm, not really sure where I stand on the issue.


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I hate the DH, I grew up watching AL baseball but I so much prefer the NL. No DH makes it more of a chess game between managers with limited pieces in the bullpen and bench. With the DH anyone who can read a stat sheet can put together a line up and send them out.

In any case it makes a huge difference in roster building so MLB needs to let the GMs know prior to free agency.

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Can only imagine what more damage Soto couldve done had he had protection in the lineup directly behind him. Zuckerman pulled the #'s and found that once Kendrick (who hit behind Soto) went down for the year, everyone who then went on to hit behind him sucked, and then the # of IBB's that Soto got soared. Another possible sign that the team will forego spending big $$ in starting pitching and look for a big bat.

Fwiw Castro's .267/.302 in 2020 was pretty much the same as his Marlins #'s in '19. If they get a decent bat in FA I could see Castro sliding down to 6th in lineup.


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I take that as a good sign that Soto continued to thrive after he lost his protection in the line-up, instead of getting overly aggressive he took the walks and led the league in OBP. Break the bank on that guy.

There was an article I read this weekend saying that the Nats probably would not be in the market for a top pitcher because they have so much money tied up in the big three. But the Scherzer money comes off the books in a couple years, it would be nice if the team would be willing to sign a replacement to overlap a year and just accept the cap hit.

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Originally Posted by PowerBoater69
There was an article I read this weekend saying that the Nats probably would not be in the market for a top pitcher because they have so much money tied up in the big three. But the Scherzer money comes off the books in a couple years, it would be nice if the team would be willing to sign a replacement to overlap a year and just accept the cap hit.


Interesting FA class next Fall for starting pitchers:

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Q: Nats priorities

Should the Nats prioritize signing Realmuto or a power hitting outfielder this offseason?

A: Thomas Boswell
1) Realmuto. The clear choice and worth the $125M it might take to get him. If he goes much higher, forget it.

2) Ozuna, though his price may now be too high after a big year.

3) Tough call. Anthony Rizzo knows Dave Martinez very well from Cubs days. That might help get him and solve 1st base. There's no way Zimmerman is coming back, imo. You'll probably have a DH spot for Kendrick, when healthy. Nats have a $3M mutual option, with $1M buyout with Eric Thames. That shouldn't be an obstacle. This one makes me nervous because I like Thames personality on the team and think he'll bounce back next year.

4) Will Nick Castellos opt out of his Reds contract. Where will Justin Turner, Dodgers, land and will he be a 1st baseman in future.

Lot of interesting options. And supply (a lot) versus demand (fewer teams willing to spend after a pandemic year) favors the Nats.

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Boswell on the same subject, from the 9/28 chat:

It's getting That Bat that matters. George Springer has the name and the post-season big HRs to draw attention and dollars away from other FA options. That's good. The Nats don't need someone who plays a lot of CF. Anthony Rizzo has the Cub identity and may also draw off more interst and $$ than he merits. Will that help the Nats have a shot at J.T. Realmuto? He'll be expensive. And Yan Gomes finished the year strongly. He and Suzuki certainly team well, but when do they get OLD in a hurry. Both are also excellent (and willing) at breaking breaking balls --countless sliders, curves and change-up-- in the dirt which is essential when all of your Big Three depend so heavily on getting Ks on "chase" off-speed pitches in the dirt. Unfortunately, Marcell Ozuna will be close to NL MVP --that could rive up his price a lot. After last season, when he had very high velocity off the bat, but terrible bad luck with BABIP, he looked like a potential steal after '20. Not anymore. He'd have been the perfect (bad defense) LFer with Soto in RF.

Looks like Castellanos and Brantley, 33, may be left available. At any rate, the Nats WILL get one of them. And it'll be a big help. Either Realmuto or Ozuna would be a real team-changer in '21. '22 and beyond.

The better team you have, the more likely Max is to want to come back past the '21 season, so he can, perhaps, ease into that No. 2 or No. 3 starter role as he ages behind Stras and Corbin. He's already showing some age. Having the DH in the NL hurts him. It's one more HR bat --and he gives up HRs. And, with the pitcher hitting, he's really excellent at manipulating the No. 7-8-9 spots in the order to get out of one or two innings with "O' runs in almost every game. Extending Max would be a great move if Max is feeling reasonable. It's always hard to get pride under control and do what's smart and makes you happy. He SHOULD want to finish his career in DC. JMHO. But if he's looking for the last dollar --or anywhere real near it-- he's just not going to get it with the need to sign Turner and Soto. Max isn't "setting the market" for every other pitcher any more, so he doesn't have to feel that responsibility as much to other players and the union. I have a hard time figuring out what Max will, or should do. Seems to me that you keep your DC poor man's equivalent of Maddox, Glavine and Smoltz together as long as you can.

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Btw, he made a point about the Lerners in a seperate post that I had not thought of before: Commercial real estate has been one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic, and it's the industry they have alot of their assets tied up in. So will the team payroll in 2021 take a dip as a result?


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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Q: Nats priorities

Should the Nats prioritize signing Realmuto or a power hitting outfielder this offseason?

A: Thomas Boswell
1) Realmuto. The clear choice and worth the $125M it might take to get him. If he goes much higher, forget it.

2) Ozuna, though his price may now be too high after a big year.

3) Tough call. Anthony Rizzo knows Dave Martinez very well from Cubs days. That might help get him and solve 1st base. There's no way Zimmerman is coming back, imo. You'll probably have a DH spot for Kendrick, when healthy. Nats have a $3M mutual option, with $1M buyout with Eric Thames. That shouldn't be an obstacle. This one makes me nervous because I like Thames personality on the team and think he'll bounce back next year.

4) Will Nick Castellos opt out of his Reds contract. Where will Justin Turner, Dodgers, land and will he be a 1st baseman in future.

Lot of interesting options. And supply (a lot) versus demand (fewer teams willing to spend after a pandemic year) favors the Nats.

— OCT 05, 2020 12:46 EDT


Strong comment he makes about Zimm. I'm assuming he saw Zimm's recent quote about wanting to return in '21. Wonder if he has heard anything on the Inside about them not wanting him back.


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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. Interesting point by Boz that there is a strong free agent market for bats, I was leaning towards bringing in another top pitcher but I would not complain about a power hitter.

I'm not sure why Boswell thinks that Zimmerman will be gone next year. I don't think that his status has changed, if he is willing to sign for a low price we have a bench spot for him, particularly if there is a universal DH.

Boswell wants Scherzer extended but I'm less enthused. He's got a bunch of good years left but he'd have to take a heck of a pay cut. My big concern is that Max is chasing strike out numbers.

Lots of chatter about letting Menhart go. I don't understand why the team is being asked to justify shit canning a pitching coach after the team ERA was over five for the season. Just the Washington Post stirring up crap as usual.

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I dont know what the bitching about his firing is about either, almost every pitcher regressed BADLY in 2020 (Cant read the articles, I dont subscribe to the WP).

This is interesting:

Q: Pitching coach change

Sort of out of the blue was Saturday nights news of Paul Menhart not getting a new contract from the Nationals when his current one expires Oct 31st. Do you feel this is a nod to the future analytical ways of pitching coaching or just a new voice?

A: Thomas Boswell

If you are going to fire somebody, and you both like and respect them, then fire them early so they have the best chance to get a new job at the MLB level. Do NOT wait.

"New voice and new eyes" for sure. But a pitching coach who can envision an entirely new pitcher --transforming the old one-- is a rarity but can be enormously important.

Look at Lucas Giolitio --exhibit A. With the Nats, he had a long flowing "beautiful" over-the-top pitching motion. It was supposedly to be one of his strengths --like a Jim Palmer, who looked similar. Instead, that "classic" motion just semed to help hitters time his fastball. It made him like a pitching machine --predictable, no quirks. As a result, Giolito, before he was traded, had onme of the WORST swing-and-miss rates in MLB. Every person (at least as I remember it) in the Nats press box, which contains some good eyes, said, "This guy is NOT as advertised. Maybe trade him while he still has some hot prospect value."

Also, Giolito's 2nd best pitch was a big curveball and he tended to work his fastball more down in the zone that up.

Look at Giolito now --he is unrecognizable. He throws the ball like a catcher, cocking it behind his head, where the hitter can't see it, then firing it with the shortst possible motion, not the longest motion, like he had as a Nat. H's added a twist --"throwing" his glove at the hitter, which is legal, as he comes forward. Some can do that little trick. Others are thrown off by trying it. For Giolito, that "here's my glove, now HERE'S the ball" really works.

Next, the White Sox improved his change-up so it was his 2nd-best weapon and also had him focus in four-seam (rising) fastballs at the top of the zone. Now, Giolito is 1) funky, 2) a top-to-bottom of the zone pitcher, not side-to-side and 3) they've tightened up his curveball so that it is more like a slider. The high fastball, low changeup and slider away (to RHers) or slider down-and-in (to LHers) has made Giolito a strikeout machine.

THAT is what a pitching coach, or a whole staff, including stat geeks, can do to change a pitcher.

The last two years combined Giolito is 18-12 with a 3.43 ERA and 325 strikeouts (!!!) in just 249 innings. He still gives up some homers (32). But I would never have believed that the disappointing rookie, who'd lost some velo after TJ surgery, that I saw a few years ago would, by age 25, turn into this imposing vastly-in-demand pitcher.

Could the Nats have made those changes? That combination of changes, all interlocking? NO WAY. Out of the 29 other teams in MLB, I bet there were not more than a handful that could have done a Giolito Remake and come up with this monster --and the few who might have done it might have done it differently!

That's one of the wonders of MLB --both hitters and pitchers can, in just none year, transform themselves into different players if they get the right theory, the right application of stats or the right coach. Look at Daniel Murphy. Kevin Long was his perfect coach. He turned himself into a flyball pull hitter and suddenly went from journeyman to 2d for MVP!

The Nats were smart enough to spot that "somethibng is goig on with Murphy" and signed him --though as their Plan C, not Plan A or B. They were, and still are hoping for something similar from Starlin Castro who did a hitting Makeover in mid-'19. He was just starting to hit when he got hurt. That makes him a very interesting piece of the puzzle in '21.

When you replace Menhart, what you are hoping is that the next coach, plus ideas from other in the front office, may produce a makeover, or perhaps just a tweak, that turns either Voth, Fedde or Ross into a 3.75-4.00 ERA 4th or 5th starter. That is enormously different than what they look like now --4.50 to 5.25 ERA projects who hold you back. Look at their FIPs, not their ERAs to project where they really stand right now: Voth (career 5.28), Fedde (career 5.58) and Ross ('18-'19 combined psot-TJ surgery, 4.84.)

Maybe none of them is a rotation piece. But it's a lot easier to get a new pitching coach to work on them than it is to magically come up with three different prospects who might still be your 4th or 5th starter.

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I don't disagree with anything he wrote, but typical Boswell, as soon as a guy is let go he writes about how he knew all along about the issues that led to the parting.

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Only thing that bothers me about boswell is his politics. During the summer there's no sports and he's yakking about politics in his Q&A's. Which I havent read in months until recently. He's as lefty loopy as they get.


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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.

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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?


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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.












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Roenis Frikkin Elias declares for free agency. Dude saved 14 games for Seattle in 2019. Nats needed LH bullpen badly this season. Who knows what the guy couldve accomplished here.


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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I like the new playoff format with more teams and no days off during each series. MLB should announce the format for upcoming seasons before free agency starts. Playoff rosters will need deeper pitching staffs if they don't have two days of rest to get an extra game for their top two starters.

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Jim Hickey is our new pitching coach. He's currently with the Dodgers and he used to be with the Rays when Martinez was there. So Davey not only got a friend of his but one who could very well be a big upgrade.

https://www.mlb.com/news/jim-hickey-hired-as-nationals-pitching-coach

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Q: Ozuna

I hope the Nats don't go after Ozuna -- seeing him play the outfield makes Adam Dunn look serviceable and they've already (presumably) got Zimmerman/Kendrick who will be getting at bats at DH.

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I'm hoping the hot-season crowd aroun Ozuna, the passion for HRs, opens up a path for the Nats to get the classy Brantley --.311/.371/.481 for a .852 OPS. He;ll be 34, so a two-year deal seems probable. I'd gamble on the DH being in the N.L. in both those years, which makes it easier on older players, all of whom have somewhat bald tires.

Of course, Realmuto --and the Nats have to figure out if his late-season DL stink counts for much-- would be the happiest present for the holidays --a time, give or take a couple of weeks, when the Lerners have been known to give D.C. "nice things."

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Brantley's a LH hitter. Has pretty decent production against lefties, so he'd be good protection for Soto in the lineup. Clutch in the playoffs too, 3 straight years of strong postseason #'s.

And then there's Justin Turner, Castellanos, Anthony Rizzo, etc.


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He got that right, that is Rizzo's standard roster construction, a handful of all-stars, a handful of quality starters, and a bunch of replacement level guys. The team excels when healthy and gets exposed as thin when injuries strike. Good enough to win a World Series.

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Realmuto is only 30. They can use him like the Giants have used Posey, giving him a little time at 1B, to keep him fresh (and give Gomes playing time.)


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They should have had Ramos playing first his last season here when he was crushing the ball, maybe he wouldn't have gotten hurt and would have signed here again.

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Nats sign Josh Harrison to 1 yr deal. Not a huge surprise. Dude played well, and apparently Davey loves him.

The deal starts with a $1MM base salary. Incentives beginning at 200 plate appearances could add as much as $250K to the total, per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post


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Realmuto is only 32.


Yes. In Spring Training 2023 he will turn 32. For now, he's 29.


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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.


Long is coming back for 2021, a somewhat surprising reversal. I guess he looked around the league and didn't get a better offer. Reports are that he was popular with Soto and other players so hopefully whatever issues led him to look elsewhere have been resolved.

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Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Zimm & Soto sing his praises, among many others. That's a helluva list of references. Glad (and relieved) that he's back.

And I suspected that it was not a case of The Nats just kicking him to the curb a few weeks ago. Sounds like he used his relationship with Soto to get the best deal possible out of the Nats. He didnt get what he wanted, so he looked for other suitors. If so, no problem with that.


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I wonder if Jake Lamb would be worth signing. Lefty -hitting corner IF. Plays 3B and 1B. Not a bad hitter. Could add depth.


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Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Zimm & Soto sing his praises, among many others. That's a helluva list of references. Glad (and relieved) that he's back.

And I suspected that it was not a case of The Nats just kicking him to the curb a few weeks ago. Sounds like he used his relationship with Soto to get the best deal possible out of the Nats. He didnt get what he wanted, so he looked for other suitors. If so, no problem with that.


A few teams have considered Long or manager. He was told that he could look for better opportunities, which I would assume include managing jobs, perhaps bench coach. Nothing materialized, and he was always welcome back.


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Big news, three pieces of the World Series team have been cut loose.

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Surprised about Kendrick. If he doesnt retire he'll be a helluva DH somewhere. Hopefully this is a move to be aggressive in FA. And not done solely to adjust for the pandemic.

Wonder if Rizzo is interested in bringing any of those guys back on a lesser deal.


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Surprised about Kendrick. If he doesnt retire he'll be a helluva DH somewhere. Hopefully this is a move to be aggressive in FA. And not done solely to adjust for the pandemic.

Wonder if Rizzo is interested in bringing any of those guys back on a lesser deal.


Lots of speculation on that question. I won't complain if Kendrick or the other guys get signed for lower contracts but I'm also ready for the team to get younger. Should be a very long slow winter for free agent signings. Teams are going to be bargain hunting so they'll wait until February or even March before signing guys to short term deals. Can't wait to hear Boras crying at the winter meetings.

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Anthony Rizzo's off the market, Cubs pick up his option. And Nick Castellanos, who was speculated to be a Nats' "Plan B" target, did not exercise his option with Cincy, so he's off the market too.

Brad Hand cut loose by the Indians. He could help us in '21.


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Realmuto and Springer are given Qualifying Offers -- IIRC they have 10 days to accept or decline a QO. Wonder if those guys will accept them in lieu of the market, and just wait for FA again next year. Meanwhile, Ozuna and Brantley were not given QO's.


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Anthony Rizzo's off the market, Cubs pick up his option. And Nick Castellanos, who was speculated to be a Nats' "Plan B" target, did not exercise his option with Cincy, so he's off the market too.

Brad Hand cut loose by the Indians. He could help us in '21.


I'd like Hand or Liam Hendriks, plus a reliever from the next level such as Shane Greene, Aaron Loup, Justin Wilson, or former Nat Blake Treinen.

MLB Trade Rumors has the Nats signing Marcell Ozuna and Taijuan Walker. Ken Davidoff of teh New York Post has them signing Carlos Santana.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/mlb-free-agent-predictions-2021.html

https://nypost.com/2020/11/01/top-mlb-free-agents-2021-ranking-and-predictions/


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Would not be surprised if alot of owners did very little in FA for now, and waited out the market til late Feb or March, unless there's a earlier decision about allowing fans at games. Until that's decided, the MLBTR article is speculative, to say the least.

The more I read about Ozuna's challenges with defense, the more I wonder if Springer or Brantley would be better fits. Especially if those 2 require fewer years, fewer $$, and if the DH does not come back.


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https://www.masnsports.com/national...everal-directions-for-rotation-help.html

Interesting article by Zuckerman.

If you've got the best hitter in baseball in your lineup, you have to make it Priority #1 to get him protection, imo. So I dont see them having the available cash (or the need) to afford a Bauer, Robbie Ray, or even Gausman. Not when 1/2 your payroll is already tied up in 3 pitchers. Maybe sign a guy like Charlie Morton on a cheap 1 year. And tell Hickey to do his magic, especially since Strasburg is coming back.

Players union is apparently livid believing that the owners are looking for any excuse to reduce player salaries in '21. Owners cant operate with a "business as usual" policy in free agency with no paying fans next year -- if Nats average 25k fans a game, and the average fan spends $50 a game, that's $101 million lost a year EASY (because the Nats ticket prices are higher than average, I'd guesstimate it's closer to $150 million, maybe more). Players may as well believe in Santa Claus if they believe the owners are not hit hard by this pandemic.



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Almost no free agent market at all so far. I'm generally sympathetic with the owners based on the lost revenue due to Covid but at some point collusion has to be suspected if no one is getting signed.

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Catcher J.T. Realmuto, outfielder George Springer and second baseman DJ LeMahieu rejected their qualifying offers on Wednesday, the deadline for players who received the $18.9 million offer to decide on it.

If the players sign with another team in free agency, their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation at the end of the first round in the 2021 draft or at the end of competitive balance round B. The placement depends on whether the new contract is worth $50 million or more and the revenue-sharing and luxury tax status of the team losing the player.

A team signing the player would give up either its third-highest draft pick, its second-highest pick and $500,000 of international signing bonus allotment, or its second- and fifth-highest selections and $1 million of international signing bonus allotment, depending on revenue-sharing and luxury tax status of the signing club.

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In a puzzling move the Nats signed a 27 year old reliever who has never thrown a pitch in the big leagues to a major league contract. Sam Clay was a minor league player with the Twins who expressed shock that he received a major league offer. The team is touting him as a ground ball pitcher who does not give up home runs, sounds good, but why not a minor league deal?

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Yeah that is a head scratcher. Here's an excerpt from MLBTR:

While Major League deals for minor league free agents who have yet to make their Major League debut are admittedly rare, there’s a handful of them every winter. The Nationals, in fact, fared well in exactly that type of signing just one year ago when they inked longtime Athletics farmhand Kyle Finnegan to a Major League deal. He went on to toss 24 2/3 frames of 2.92 ERA ball out of the Washington ’pen in 2020. They’ll hope for similar success with Clay in 2021.

Because of the lack of a minor league season in 2020, Clay has just 22 2/3 innings of work at the Triple-A level under his belt. He’s pitched to a 4.37 ERA in that time but logged a much more impressive 26-to-10 K/BB ratio and a 60.6 percent ground-ball rate. Clay’s sinker has consistently generated ground-ball rates north of 55 percent, including a ridiculous 77 percent mark through 46 2/3 frames at the Double-A level in 2019.

Past scouting reports on the 6’2″, 190-pound lefty have also touted an above-average curveball, and it should be noted that because of his extreme ground-ball capabilities, he’s surrendered just six home runs in 405 1/3 minor league innings. To further emphasize the eye-popping nature of that stat, consider that Clay has faced 1814 batters in that time.

Clay was never selected to the Twins’ 40-man roster at any point in his career to date, which also means he’s never been optioned to Triple-A. As such — much like Finnegan — he still has three minor league option years remaining, so he doesn’t need to crack a spot on the Nationals’ Opening Day roster by any means. He’ll give the Nats some much-needed lefty depth in their bullpen mix, where Ben Braymer had previously stood as the only southpaw bullpen piece on the team’s 40-man roster.


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Blake Finney posted a chart on Twitter showing that 16 out of the last twenty world series winners increased payroll the following season. Of the four teams that decreased payroll the Nats were by far the biggest drop, 12% based on the payroll during spring training, probably the drop would have been less if not for Covid if Rizzo had added talent during spring.

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Report: Nationals Considering LeMahieu, Bryant

By Mark Polishuk | November 21, 2020 at 8:39am CDT
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The Nationals are exploring their options on the infield market, as MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi reports (Twitter links) that Washington has interest in free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. While it can be assumed that the Nats are looking at both big names and smaller names, the fact that they’re open to adding higher-salaried players such as LeMahieu and Bryant gives us some hints about the team’s spending capability this offseason.

LeMahieu would be the more expensive of the two, of course, as he is projected to land a lucrative multi-year deal in free agency (MLBTR has him projected for four years and $68MM). The Nats would also have to give up a second-round draft pick and $500K in international bonus pool money to sign LeMahieu, since he rejected the Yankees’ qualifying offer.

This all being said, the Nationals haven’t shied away from making big additions in free agency in the past, and Morosi notes that the Nats also had interest in LeMahieu the last time he was a free agent back in the 2018-19 offseason. (Washington instead signed Brian Dozier to a one-year, $9MM deal to handle second base, a deal the Nats probably don’t regret considering they won the 2019 World Series.) Though players like Juan Soto and Trea Turner will continue to get expensive through arbitration, the Nationals have quite a bit of money coming off the books after 2021, so LeMahieu wouldn’t put much of an extra burden on the payroll.

Bryant would be a shorter-term add, since he is only under contract through the 2021 season before hitting free agency himself. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects Bryant to earn $18.6MM in his final year of arbitration, so while the former NL MVP isn’t inexpensive, some of that salary could be covered by whatever the Nationals would send back to the Cubs in a trade. For what it’s worth, Bryant is represented by Scott Boras, whose solid working relationship with the Lerner family is well-documented; on the current Nationals roster alone, Soto, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Seth Romero are all Boras clients.

Chicago is reportedly open to moving just about any of its higher-priced veterans, though Bryant is something of a tricky trade candidate considering he hit only .206/.293/.351 in 147 plate appearances during an injury-plagued 2020 season. That down year will surely factor into what the Nationals or any other team would be willing to give up in a trade, yet the Cubs obviously also don’t want to sell low on a former All-Star (unless forced into such a move due to payroll constraints). Signing LeMahieu is more expensive but also carries fewer question marks, plus Washington wouldn’t have to give up any young talent in a trade to land LeMahieu.

Looking at the Nats’ roster, either LeMahieu or Bryant would help an infield that is pretty unsettled beyond Turner at shortstop. First base is wide open, Starlin Castro will play every day at either second base or third base, Carter Kieboom will look to break out after a tough rookie season, plus Luis Garcia and the re-signed Josh Harrison provide depth. LeMahieu would slot right into an everyday role, probably at second base, but Washington could move him around to see action at both first and third base depending on situations or how players like Kieboom or Garcia develop. Bryant has some similar versatility, as he would likely play mostly at third base, but could also be shifted to first base or a corner outfield spot.


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Lots of versatility with these guys who could fill multiple voids -- Bryant's played at 3b, 1b, and RF. LeMahieu's played 1B, 2B, & 3B. Both could DH next year. Reports are the Cubs may possibly non-tender Bryant next month, so would hate to trade a good prospect for a 1 year rental like Bryant. Nats still have a window open with alot of plus veterans on this team, so if they sign LeMahieu then put Garcia & Kieboom in the minors in '21.

Yankees apparently have made re-signing LeMahieu a top priority, and he supposedly has the Mets as his other favored destination, so there's that.





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Tomorrow night we might finally see some free agent movement this off season. If any teams are planning on being buyers it makes sense to wait to see who comes available after the non tender deadline.

Great time to spend big. With multiple vaccines being prepped for distribution the 2021 season should start on time and have full crowds by summer. A team could set themselves up for two or three World Series runs by grabbing up a handful of star players at 70 cents on the dollar.

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Joe Ross signed a deal today, for just $1.5 million, a bargain. The only two arb eligible guys left are Soto and Turner, they will be expensive but no chance they don't return.

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Mike Rizzo Discusses Nationals’ Lineup, Rotation

By Connor Byrne | December 15, 2020 at 4:35pm CDT
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While the Nationals don’t appear to be pursuing Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant in a trade, general manager Mike Rizzo does have interest in landing a big bat before the 2021 season begins.

Speaking Tuesday with Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com and other reporters, Rizzo said the Nationals will “make offensive production a little more of a priority this offseason,” and ownership won’t stand in his way to spend on help. Rizzo left the door open for the team to address multiple positions, though he “downplayed” third base and catcher as glaring holes, Zuckerman writes. That could rule out high-profile free agents such as Justin Turner and J.T. Realmuto.

Where could the Nationals look instead? According to Rizzo: “I think we’re versatile in that it doesn’t have to be strictly a right fielder or strictly a left fielder. But a corner outfielder that complements the lineup, or a first baseman, would be the smoothest transition, because those are positions of need. With that said, you can get creative and get a bat in all sorts of ways. And with a little maneuvering, we’d feel comfortable doing it in all sorts of different creative ways.”

The Nationals do have two-thirds of their starting outfield set with superstar Juan Soto and Victor Robles, but it’s unclear who will replace the departed Adam Eaton in the other spot. George Springer, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Brantley and Joc Pederson appear to be the most desirable outfield free agents. It’s unknown whether the Nationals have shown interest in them, but they do have the recently non-tendered Kyle Schwarber on their radar. Schwarber’s production took a huge dip in 2020, but he was a well-above-average hitter in the two prior seasons.

Meanwhile, the stable of free-agent first basemen doesn’t look particularly exciting. Washington did make an effort to sign Carlos Santana, though he wound up with the Royals. Versatile infielder DJ LeMahieu may be able to play the position on a regular basis if given the chance, but the Nats reportedly aren’t going after him. Longtime Nat Ryan Zimmerman (who opted out of last season), C.J. Cron, Mitch Moreland, Tommy La Stella, Jake Lamb and Justin Smoak are some other available names. There certainly aren’t any stars in that group. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be too tall of a task to upgrade over the Nats’ first basemen from last season, as each of Eric Thames, Asdrubal Cabrera and Howie Kendrick managed below-average production.

On the pitching side, the Nationals’ rotation went from one of the league’s best during their 2019 World Series-winning season to a disappointment during a disastrous ’20 for the team. Of course, it didn’t help that Washington had to go without right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who dealt with carpal tunnel syndrome and totaled just five innings for the season. Strasburg underwent surgery in September, but Rizzo expects him to be “full-go for spring training” (via Byron Kerr of MASNsports.com).

Strasburg still has six years left on his contract, while co-ace Max Scherzer is entering the last season of the seven-year, $210MM deal he inked in 2015. That has been among the most successful big-money signings ever, though another agreement doesn’t appear imminent. Rizzo revealed that there haven’t been “any substantive conversations about an extension for Max to my knowledge,” but he added that it “could be on the ownership level” and noted that extensions often come together during the spring.

Regardless of whether Washington extends the 36-year-old Scherzer, he’ll front its rotation with Strasburg and Patrick Corbin next year. The rest of their starting five is up in the air, but Rizzo hinted he will prioritize adding a veteran No. 4 starter after he addresses the team’s lineup, according to Kerr. As for the No. 5 role, manager Dave Martinez named Joe Ross, Austin Voth and Erick Fedde as in-house possibilities. He’s especially high on Ross, saying, “I want Joe to be in the rotation.” Ross opted out of last season over health concerns, but the 27-year-old plans to return in 2021.


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Mike Rizzo: Nationals Not Pursuing Kris Bryant Trade

By Mark Polishuk | December 15, 2020 at 1:28pm CDT
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Reports last month mentioned Kris Bryant as a potential Nationals trade target, but Washington GM Mike Rizzo rather definitively ruled out a Bryant swap during a session with reporters (including ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers) this afternoon.

“We haven’t had a serious conversation about Kris Bryant in probably two years,” Rizzo said. “He was not a big guy on our radar last year or this year. He’s a great player but at this point and time of where we’re at, and what we have in our farm system, and where we’re going, we think we can allocate our dollars and prospect capital in another way.”

As Rogers noted, it’s something of an “unusual step” for a general manager to so publicly and specifically comment on trade negotiations. It could be that this is some gamesmanship on Rizzo’s part if talks with the Cubs are actually still ongoing, though there’s no real reason to believe Rizzo is being anything but forthright in his comments.

Bryant is, after all, coming off the worst of his six MLB seasons, as he battled injuries throughout 2020 and hit only .206/.293/.351 over 147 plate appearances. While it isn’t hard to imagine Bryant returning to his old form with better health next season and with a more measurable sample size of playing time, counting on such a rebound year might not be a risk that the Nats want to take — especially since Bryant is projected to earn an $18.6MM salary in 2021, his final year of arbitration eligibility.

It isn’t yet known if Washington can fully stretch its payroll this offseason, but there have been indications that the Nationals are able to spend some money, if not something in the neighborhood of $18.6MM to one player for one season. The Nats were connected to Carlos Santana before he signed with the Royals, and the District has also showed interest in a former Bryant teammate in Kyle Schwarber.


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Boras says he and Lerner will be getting together next month. Turner or Soto extension talks maybe?


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Boras says he and Lerner will be getting together next month. Turner or Soto extension talks maybe?


Is he really the agent for both of those guys? How do we get away from under the thumb of Boras. I'm tired of hearing from him. Anyway, extensions would be good, ideally low dollars short term until the team can recover and then have deferred money at the end.

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Boras says he and Lerner will be getting together next month. Turner or Soto extension talks maybe?


Is he really the agent for both of those guys? How do we get away from under the thumb of Boras. I'm tired of hearing from him. Anyway, extensions would be good, ideally low dollars short term until the team can recover and then have deferred money at the end.


My bad. Turner's agent is Jeff Barry, unless that's changed. Soto is still repped by Boras.




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The Nationals and Reds have discussed Cincinnati third baseman Eugenio Suarez, though no trade appears close at this point, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Suarez, 29, was a 49-home run hitter just two seasons ago. His numbers declined to a significant extent last season, but he still posted a slightly above-average .202/.312/.470 line with 15 home runs in 231 plate appearances in 2020. He’s due a reasonable $43.5MM through 2024 (including a $2MM buyout for 2025), but with Cincy seemingly in payroll-slashing mode, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the club part with Suarez if it’s able to find an offer to its liking.

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Wonder if this story was leaked by The Reds to drum up bids from other teams for Suarez, or leaked by Rizzo to push down the Cubs' price for Bryant.


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Zim back on a 1 year deal. Good move. Martinez will keep him fresh and play him part time like he's done. Great if there's a DH, and if not still a good deal for spot 1B-PH work. Damn, he and Jake Noll are the only 1B on the roster right now.


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The Nats are in on Kyle Schwarber. 27 year old lefty hitting left fielder from the Cubs for $10 million for one year. Good low risk signing for a middle of the pack outfielder. Similar to Josh Bell that his best year was 2019 so the Nats are hoping that he can replicate his career high. HR power with a low BA.

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Interesting comment from Zuckerman:

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The Nationals rated as the majors’ worst defensive team last season, and the additions of Bell and Schwarber aren’t made with dramatic improvement in that department in mind.


Taking the worst defense in MLB and adding a couple poor defenders will really having us look like the Bad News Bears next year. Rizzo is really counting on the DH. But as long as we can score runs in bunches the games will be fun to watch.

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Armando Cruz, SS, Nationals: Cruz officially joined the Nationals today for the most money the Nationals have ever paid out to single player during the international signing period, with The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli (via Twitter) pegging the final number at $3.9MM. BA writes in their scouting report, “He’s a defensive wizard with phenomenal hands and a strong arm, combining the ability to make acrobatic, highlight plays along with the internal clock and game savvy well beyond his years.” The Nationals signed 11 international players in total, notes Ghiroli.

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Originally Posted by PowerBoater69
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The Nationals rated as the majors’ worst defensive team last season, and the additions of Bell and Schwarber aren’t made with dramatic improvement in that department in mind.


Taking the worst defense in MLB and adding a couple poor defenders will really having us look like the Bad News Bears next year. Rizzo is really counting on the DH. But as long as we can score runs in bunches the games will be fun to watch.


Since 2019 there's also been a huge dropoff in defense at 3B and 1B, unless Rizzo signs a stud 3B. While he's counting on the DH, he better count on the starting pitching to return to their 2019 form, too. Good thing Stras doesnt have hissy fits like he used to, otherwise he may need a straightjacket with the 2021 defense.

Soto's natural position is RF and he's obviously comfortable out there -- we may have the best CF-RF defenders since the Werth era, maybe even before then.


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Baseball America didn't include any Nationals minor league players in their top 100 prospects list. Minor league depth doesn't matter much for a team that can afford to buy a World Series but stil, zero seems like a low number.

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The Nats have answered the question of whether they are going to cut costs due to the Covid or reload to keep up with the Mets and Braves, they are spending big, bringing in Jon Lester. None of the guys the Nats have brought in would be a big splash on their own but put together the Nats are building a deep roster. With all these one year contracts and Scherzer's deal expiring next year we're primed to really go big next off season when there will be some huge names hitting free agency.

Meanwhile the Mets fired their GM this morning for sending dick pics to a reporter.

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So it's set then ? Max, Stras, Corbin, Lester & Ross are the starting 5? Cant believe Voth & Fedde are in the running for anything this year, unless it's in the bullpen.

Yeah he sent dick pics to her and pretty much stalked her with texts for weeks/months. Idk how that dude is gonna survive the NY media and keep his job.


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Since our team ERA was 5.11 last year there will likely be opportunities for Voth and Fedde if they can take advantage of them.

The Mets guy must have been bent on self destruction, I'd be surprised if drugs and booze aren't part of the equation.

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Oh for the love of God, Jessica Mendoza is coming out of her cave and is pouncing all over this guy for his conduct. Pot calling kettle black, etc.


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All the virtue signalers love to point out a villain. I see a serial killer, look at me being heroic by stating that they are a bad person.

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They got Lester. One year, $5 million.


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Originally Posted by PowerBoater69
All the virtue signalers love to point out a villain. I see a serial killer, look at me being heroic by stating that they are a bad person.


The Mets' GM seems qualified to work at ESPN now.

Mendoza is on ESPN, which has been the poster child of TV networks when it comes to sexual misconduct allegations involving onair talent (Berman, Harold Reynolds, Steve Phillips, etc...the list is SCARY LONG). ESPN went out of their way to bury any coverage that pertained to their employees back then. So I dont wanna hear her or any of their crew pontificate over the Mets' GM issue.

Instead of constantly pounding their viewers about BLM, political issues and the rest, maybe the hypocrites at ESPN can dedicate more airtime to sexual harrassment in the workplace. Not holding my breath for that.


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Unless Im mistaken, the 6 yr $150m deal Springer just signed with TOR is the first mega deal of the offseason. Maybe the dam has broken when it comes to big $$ signings. Especially since we're getting close to ST.

Springer's a RH bat that wouldve been ideal to protect Soto. He turns 32 this season -- wonder if the lack of clarity on the DH in the NL scared off Rizzo.


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I like what Rizzo is doing this off-season, I think it is really smart. With the financial uncertainty of the Covid the team is still trying to win now by loading up on mid-range high potential free agents with low risk single year contracts. With any luck they will all have bounce back seasons and the Nats are a World Series contender.

Meanwhile with the Scherzer contract expiring after this season the Nats will only have five big contracts for 2022: Stras, Corbin, Will Harris, Soto, and Turner, about a hundred million combined. Assuming that we will spend up to the salary cap again Rizzo will have over $110 million to spend on what looks to be a deep free agent class.

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Catcher: Willson Contreras, Gary Sánchez, Christian Vazquez
First base: José Abreu, Yuli Gurriel, Josh Bell, Miguel Sanó (club option), Max Muncy (club option)
Second base: Ketel Marte (club option)
Third base: Evan Longoria (club option), José Ramírez (club option)
Shortstop: Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson, Miguel Rojas, Tim Anderson (club option)
Outfield: Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo, Byron Buxton, Brandon Nimmo, Andrew Benintendi, Andrew McCutchen, Lorenzo Cain, Adam Duvall, Justin Upton, Wil Myers (club option), Charlie Blackmon (player option), A.J. Pollock (player option), Kevin Kiermaier (club option), Whit Merrifield (club option),
Designated hitter: J.D. Martinez
Starting pitchers: Jacob deGrom (opt-out), Chris Sale (opt-out), Aaron Nola (club option), Sonny Gray (club option), Mike Clevinger, José Berríos, Sean Manaea, Luis Severino (club option), Carlos Martínez (club option), Nathan Eovaldi, Jameson Taillon, Matthew Boyd, Michael Fulmer, Joe Musgrove, Zach Eflin, Johnny Cueto
Relievers: Aroldis Chapman, Edwin Díaz, Zack Britton, Ryan Pressly, Seth Lugo, Taylor Rogers, Chad Green, Craig Kimbrel, Will Smith (club option)

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The Nats are in on Zimmerman, for just one million plus incentives. A nice home town discount. What a deal. He'll split time with Bell at first, he'll benefit from the rest, and he'll be a clutch pinch hitter. A fine off-season so far. Now we need a catcher. Get Realmuto and watch out NL East.

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If they go after Realmuto fine, but they have to spend $$ to fix the bullpen. Not sure if Lerner is giving Rizzo the budget to accomplish both.


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If they go after Realmuto fine, but they have to spend $$ to fix the bullpen. Not sure if Lerner is giving Rizzo the budget to accomplish both.


Probably you're right about the budget. With our starting rotation we can risk going into the season with a weaker bullpen. It is always possible to add relievers during the season if we are blowing too many games.

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