Major League Offseason Report Card (Nationals)

Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moves so far

  • Acquired SP Doug Fister from Tigers for 2B Stephen Lombardozzi
  • Sign OF Nate Mccoulth to 2 year $10.75 Million deal

Rumor Mill

  • Possibly interested in 1b/3b Michael Young
  • Working on extensions for SP Jordan Zimmerman and SS Ian Desmond

Nationals are one of the most promising young teams in baseball. They have made all the right decisions the last few years, only exception being the big Jayson Werth deal. They didn’t do anything super flashy this offseason so far, instead they have focused on signing up their own, and made a couple small deals that didn’t cost them much.

Fister will step into their 4th rotation spot, impressive considering many consider him a number two guy in most rotations. This gives them a starting four of Strasburg, Zimmerman, Gonzalez, and Fister.

Mccoulth will step in as the 4th outfielder, filling in for one of Bryce Harper, Werth, or Dernad Span when need be, or being a spark plug off the bench. A little bit of an overpay, but a good signing none the less.

Nationals suffered from a sophomore slump after their breakout year in 2012. They are ready to get back in first though in a NL East division where no one stands out.

There most pressing issue should be to get Desmond and Zimmerman under contracts through their prime. They have a very promising core of players, if they can keep them all, they can go places.

Nationals get a B for this offseason so far, solid signings to bolster an already talented team. It will go up to an A if they get those extensions signed.

This will be updated if any news comes out.

Next team up to bat is the Braves

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