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LaRoche wins first Gold Glove

Oct 31, 2012, 2:24 AM EDT

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Managers and coaches voted Adam LaRoche the NL's best defensive first baseman.

The best offensive season of Adam LaRoche's career may actually have helped the Nationals first baseman be recognized at long last for his fielding prowess.

LaRoche won his first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove award tonight, selected as the best defensive first baseman in the National League in voting among managers and coaches.

LaRoche has long been considered stellar in the field, but the 32-year-old had never been recognized for it, losing out in previous Gold Glove selections to the likes of Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Derrek Lee.

The NL's managers and coaches finally gave LaRoche his due this year, citing his .995 fielding percentage and ability to snatch upRead more »

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  1. RickH - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Congrats, Adam!!! Well deserved. (Now, let's sign him!)

  2. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Well deserved by Adam. Much of what he does isn't formulated in traditional fielding stats. Amazing scoops at 1st.

  3. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    By the way, Anthony Rendon has the only hit thru 3 innings for Salt River.

  4. phil dunton - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    The cost of re-signing Laroche just went up!

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Congrats to Adam. Was happy to see that he won it (and happy to have power back in time to do so).

  6. Shoshana - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    I am so happy for Adam LaRoche. What a great year for him and how wonderful for him to finally be acknowledged for his superior defensive skills. Of course I was hoping for Desmond to win the award for SS, but aside from that, I was not happy with Rollins winning. He did not seem to be putting much effort out there. Sure he had the fewest errors and had a good fielding percentage. That's because he wasn't trying to make many plays. It helped the Phillies opponents though.

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Hope that Drake gave him a big hug, too. :-)

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Totally deserving. And he makes it look so darn easy. Really hoping to see him win it again at Nats Park in 2013, 2014, 2015…

  9. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    I cannot wait to see Bernie's wall-crashing catch in Houston in the all-time web gems…

  10. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Rollins is a joke. Lazy voting on prior reputation. No range anymore.

  11. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    ADAM! Now pay him!

  12. SonnyG10 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Cudos to Adam

  13. sjm308 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Well deserved. Hoping the Ian will win the Silver Slugger but more important is who we sign rather then who wins these awards. The big award was won a couple of days ago when the Giants won game four. That is the only award I am really interested in.

  14. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    The big award was won a couple of days ago when the Giants won game four. That is the only award I am really interested in.Precisely.Likely THE award the players are most interested in. States unequivocally to the world that the player is both great individually and as part of a team. They surely like the other stuff, and the all star nod … but given all the hullaballoo over the Stras shutdown one can be sure they deem this one as all important.

  15. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Bernie shut out but Desi with a play!

  16. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I thought Bernadina in Houston was a Top 10 Web Gem

  17. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    I am completely stunned. No Shark. Wow.Not even in the Top 10? You gotta be kidding.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unoQ80FEhbs

  18. Michael S - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    "Madam that's Adam, ain't no other woman that's had ' em" – The Tubes

  19. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    The Bernadina catch absolutely prevented a walk-off which made it a game saving play. I would say Top 5 on degree of difficulty and the fact it saved the game.

  20. SonnyG10 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    No Shark? Damn, we're still not getting enough respect. Bernie was definitely in the top 10.

  21. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Glad Ian was in it, but I didn't really think that was his best play. I hate it that the highlights of the third basemen were not as good as Zim everyday. That show was just awful and some of the results leave me scratching my head.

  22. JaneB - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    The Shark catch in Houston absolutely ought to have been in the top ten. What were they thinking? Just the drama of it…they lose if he misses, and then he disappears and reappears with the ball. So happy for ALR. I hope they sign him.

  23. UnkyD - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Pay the man, Shirley.

  24. bobfromalexandria - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    I loved Adam Dunn, but saw him miss balls that lost games. Now ALR wins a deserved Golden Glove. Could he really go unsigned?

  25. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/10/30/3578926/gold-gloves-2012-awards-winners-rawlingsNeyer summed it up well. I also agree with what he said about Adam LaRoche winning.

  26. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Zuck — in the last thread I said that Desi is not a very good glove man, you responded that you disagree with that sentiment. This was by far his best season with the glove, and it was good, but I am not sure that it was very good. And one good season does not make a guy a very good fielder generally, does it? There were only 7 SS who started 120 games in the NL last year. Starlin Castro made 27 errors, so he had no chance for a GG. Of the remaining 6 guys, Desi ranks 4th according to FanGraphs (UZR and UZR/150), not bad but not very good either, no? He was last of the 6 in DPs turned, his FLDG% is never very good and was worst of the group, not to mention that his range is not terrific either (5th according to FanGrpahs, ESPN had his Range Factor as the worst of the group — for whatever that is worth). I'd also presume that had Alex Gonzalez and Tulo been healthy they would have ranked ahead of our boy too (as they have the last couple of years coming into 2012). Leaving out Desi's potential for greatness with the glove, what makes you believe that Ian actually IS a very good glove man? Thanks!

  27. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Rendon is 2-4 so far tonight. BA up to .271

  28. SonnyG10 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    I may have to rethink my 106 win prediction for the 2013 Nats if they don't resign Adam and an EJax equivalent.

  29. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Don: From watching him in person every day, I would say what stood out about Desmond was his ability both to make what felt like every routine play with no hint of trepidation while also regularly making plays that required far more than routine effort. I thought Desmond was as reliable in the field as just about any shortstop in the NL while also capable of making spectacular plays.The numbers will say what they say, and I don't discount them. But all I can do is judge with my eyes, and my eyes told me Desmond had a very good year in the field. It would appear NL managers and coaches felt the same way, deeming him one of the four best shortstops in the league.

  30. Laddie Blah Blah - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Well-earned and much deserved. Congratulations to Adam. I am so happy for him and his proud son. If they gave an award for best teammate he'd win that one, too.

  31. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Does anybody know if LaRoche uses a Rawlings glove?

  32. Drew - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Well done, Adam!P.S. While Rendon's AFL batting average has inched up to .271, his on base percentage is .357.Someday soon we might see Goodwin and Rendon as on-base machines in front of Harper, Zim, LaRoche, Desmond and Werth.Bill Ladson recently suggested that a lead off hitter such as Michael Bourn is on the Nats' shopping list, in addition to a fifth starter. With Goodwin just a year away, I can't imagine why the Nats would spend the money on Bourn instead of making do with Werth atop the lineup for one more season.

  33. rabbit34 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    LaRoche won the GG. Yeah, ok. Now what? Glad he won it. Rah rah. Now what? We didn't win the WS. Houston didn't either. But really, the Nationals are great. I love to go watch their games. I just don't let them influence my life.

  34. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Apparently they influence your life enough to want to make sure people know how you feel by posting on his site. Seems rather contradictory.

  35. JayB - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I agree with Mark on eyes vs. stats on Ian especially with respect to range. His range was greater than those who had better range stats. That UZR/UZR150 stat is not very good at all. It must be too sensitive to some type of input that does not tell the story. Too many players who are clearly blessed with great range come up with whacked UZR ratings. Keep working on that one please stat boys.

  36. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Part of what makes Desi a very good SS is the way he holds the middle infield together. He had great leadership qualities and the ability to calm down the pitcher, slow down the game, make sure everyone is alert. I am sure that those who nominate and vote know that being a good defender is more than a circus catch. The guys doing the show did not acknowledge any other qualities , though. It was only about the web gem.

  37. Dave - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Congratulations to Adam. Well deserved.But Jimmy Rollins? Really?

  38. rabbit34 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Between the Nationals and Orioles…four gold gloves!! Rah! Good going guys. But, no WS. Boo. It is Halloween. So, who will AL play for next year? No AL will mean more ID errors. Too bad he didn't get the glove this year. But, hey, it doesn't affect my life!!

  39. natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Don't know but I'm thinking that he'll have some very nice, personalized ones next season. :-)Theophilus T. S. said… Does anybody know if LaRoche uses a Rawlings glove? October 31, 2012 3:24 AM

  40. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    3 Orioles get Gold Gloves?…Just goes to show you how bad the American League is defensively. (rimshot)

  41. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    NatsJack, don't know about Hardy and Jones but Weiters is pretty good.

  42. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Faraz… all in jest. Just can't pass up an opportunity to knock the AL.

  43. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… 3 Orioles get Gold Gloves?…Just goes to show you how bad the American League is defensively. (rimshot) October 31, 2012 7:24 AM ____________________________I agree with Faraz but how in the heck does Adam Jones win? A complete joke of the voting. Trout got robbed.

  44. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Theophilus T. S. said… Does anybody know if LaRoche uses a Rawlings glove? October 31, 2012 3:24 AM ________________________________Adam LaRoche uses a Mizuno glove.

  45. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Natsjack — the AL plays defense? I thought all they did was play home run derby?

  46. Drew - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    As a former critic of Ian Desmond, I'll note a very encouraging sign. He has maintained excellent range and has cut his errors in half from two years ago.

  47. Doc - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Rollins' name must have come first on the ballot.Most of the managers and coaches play on loosing teams…no wonder they can't appreciate Desi!

  48. sm13 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Congrats to Adam. Ryan, Ian, and Danny sure know how good he is. What always marvels me is how smoothly and calmly he plays the position. Routine play or spectacular play, he just goes about his business. If Ian continues to improve, like he did this year over last year, i would expect a few gold gloves for his trophy shelf.

  49. Avar - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Congrats to Adam, well deserved. I did think Desi deserved his finalist status but not the trophy. That should have been Barnes. Rollins is a joke. As are McCutheon, Gonzalez and Headley. Well, Headley wasn't a joke but Wright was so much better that it's a joke. I know advanced D stats are imperfect but you can't give trophies to guys with lousy ones like McCutcheon (MINUS 7 for crying out loud) and Rollins. Just awful.The AL was better. Only Jones was messed up there. Span is an artist w/ the stats to prove it. But, once you get a rep, you keep it, good or bad.Last year these awards made more sense, guess we regressed.

  50. sjm308 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    NatsJack: as one whose life is influenced by this team and this blog I loved your comeback. Not saying baseball is the end all and be all in retirement but it sure is a fun way to spend an hour or so in the off season and I was actually getting in a little trouble with the spousal equivalent in season. As I read rabbits comments I just can't help thinking of Eyeore in Winnie the Pooh. Go Nats!!

  51. sjm308 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Mark: It is such a pleasure and a surprise to see you in the comment part of this site. Keep up the great work!!Peric or Drew (or anyone else) – where do Rendon and Goodwin start next spring? Will they jump to AAA? Does anyone see them making a huge jump onto the 25 man roster coming North? Is that just too big a jump? I honestly think we could see one or both before next season ends, and I am not talking about the Sept. call up. Thanks in advance.

  52. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    sjm308…..slow down a little bit. Rendon should start at Harrisburg and Goodwin either Potomac or Harrisburg but most likely Potomac. Both have things beyond their baseball skills that need work. Rendon has the more polished skills but still needs to prove his ability to play everyday and Goodwin needs to show he can take the same maturity path that Bryce did between 18yo and 19 yo.A ST camp around polished Major Leaguers should assist Goodwin and a couple of injury free months plus solid numbers will help Rendon.

  53. SlowPitch63 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I normally read this the day after because I play a lot and watch several games a night that I have recorded. I thus have nothing to say because the moment has passed and I would be redundant, irrelevant, unread or all three. That does not decrease from the joy this site adds to my life.Thank you Mark and thank you all regular posters although my favorites are the ladies, 1a, MichelleS, NN, NL. The relatively few personal attacks disturb me but the blog is very well policed by the regular posters especially by the aforementioned.Thanks again to all maybe I can participate during the Hot Stove season.Let's Play Two!

  54. fast eddie - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    WaPo is strangely silent today on the ALR negotiations. Is no news bad news? Or will Rizzo pull it out at the last minute, a la the Strasburg signing?If ALR becomes a free agent, he's gone.

  55. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Fast Eddie….ALR owes it to himself to see what his value is on the open market. Signing before Saturday would be a disservice to himself and his family. Absolutely nothing wrong with holding a Nats offer in his pocket until he ways all his options. And it doesn't necessarily mean he's gone.

  56. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I think Goodwin starts in Harrisburg. Last year the FO was touting Michael Taylor, who had a crap year when he should have progressed. If they think Taylor still has major league potential, they'll let him start every day in CF in Potomac. And Goodwin will start in H'Burg even if offensively challenged during the 1st half of the season. I don't have a clear sense what is going on w/ Rendon. Does he need help w/ his defense? If so, he should start in Potomac and work on the D, and not have to worry about going 0-4 every other day. Once he's a little more solid on defense, then move him up to Harrisburg (July?) and Syracuse a month later.

  57. fast eddie - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    If Rizzo and Davey decide they really want to keep him, why not make a pre-emptive strike and put their best offer on the table now? (an offer he can't refuse, i.e. 3 years, plus an option year?)

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Mark Zuckerman said… The numbers will say what they say, and I don't discount them. But all I can do is judge with my eyes, and my eyes told me Desmond had a very good year in the field. It would appear NL managers and coaches felt the same way, deeming him one of the four best shortstops in the league. October 31, 2012 12:24 AM I am glad Mark also uses the proper approach for evaluation.Desi's range was very impressive. The only way to get a hit was when the ball was drilled through the 5.5 hole or up the middle. Desi got to some balls he had to eat. I was also impressed with his leadership.

  59. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    SJM, The way the minors are set up most of the top prospects play in AA. AAA is normally a sort of a taxi squad and is normally rostered by veterans; many of whom have at least had a cup of coffee in the majors. Occasionally teams like to test a top prospect in AAA just to see how a player settles in with older experienced players (Bryce Harper). I would say that Rendon, Meyer, Goodwin and Skole will all start in AA next year along with Solis. I would expect Solano, Rosenbaum, Komatsu and possibly Leon to start in AAA as well as the last cuts from the big club and new veteran signees.

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Fast Eddie….ALR owes it to himself to see what his value is on the open market. Signing before Saturday would be a disservice to himself and his family. Absolutely nothing wrong with holding a Nats offer in his pocket until he ways all his options. And it doesn't necessarily mean he's gone. October 31, 2012 9:38 AM Texas and Boston will be in the mix of the teams that can afford him and go longer on terms of contract as they have the DH as a fallback.I don't see either team going longer than 5 years and I don't see the Nats going to 5 years.Will ALR take a 3 year with a vesting option to stay here or will it take a 4 year deal or will he push for a 5 year deal? There is definitely a "hometown" advantage but I would think Texas may be enticing for Adam too. He was a Boston Red Sox for a few weeks and probably wouldn't go back there. Rizzo has made the right decisions in the past and probably has a good Plan "B".

  61. Doc - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    So we got Brian Goodwin for The Dunnkey and his -0.4 WAR!Go you Nats' scouts!!!!!What a steal of a deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!GoooooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    It's always nice to hear from you, SlowPitch. I'm also behind on reading due to having been without power from Monday night to Tuesday night. Will be fun to see what other awards await. We'll also get some baseball this weekend with an AFL game on Saturday (MLB Network, I believe).

  63. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… sjm308…..slow down a little bit. Rendon should start at Harrisburg and Goodwin either Potomac or Harrisburg but most likely Potomac. October 31, 2012 8:51 AM As I recall, Goodwin went from Hagerstown straight to Harrisburg. Goodwin excelled at Low A and started off slow at Harrisburg as it was a huge adjustment. He is raking in the AFL.Are you suggesting dropping him back a level to Potomac?As a lefty, Goodwin does very well against RH pitching. He has to get better vs the LH pitching.

  64. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    GoSM, he was Red Sox for few days I think.

  65. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    they got him from pittsburgh and then traded him to braves within days.

  66. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    if we sign a veteran starter for a minor league deal and need him for few starts during the season, can we option him back to minors if not needed or we have to put him through waivers?

  67. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Doc said… So we got Brian Goodwin for The Dunnkey and his -0.4 WAR!Go you Nats' scouts!!!!!What a steal of a deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!GoooooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! October 31, 2012 10:07 AM That's the silver lining when you lose a top player to Free Agency and possibly why Rizzo won't do anything stupid with LaRoche.Keep in mind, if the Nats offer LaRoche a 3 year deal, it doesn't mean his career has ended with Washington at that point in time.The way the Braves handled Tim Hudson when he was due a new deal they took him from $15.5 million a year and dropped him to $9 million a year on his last contract. In 2010, Hudson made that $9 million and turned in an All Star season with a 4th place in Cy Young voting and a 2.91 ERA. Last year at 36 years old he was a 3.87 ERA and still worth that $9 million and the Braves just picked up the final year of his contract under a team option for 2013.Hudson is just one example of team and player working well together and hoping LaRoche sees the opportunity here in Washington to get a well deserved payday and having faith in Rizzo that if he performs going forward this next contract doesn't have to be his last here in Washington.

  68. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… if we sign a veteran starter for a minor league deal and need him for few starts during the season, can we option him back to minors if not needed or we have to put him through waivers? October 31, 2012 10:24 AM Only for doubleheaders. If that veteran has no options, he would have to pass through waivers and accept going back to the Minors.

  69. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Ghost…re: Goodwin…it's a combination of his maturation and roster spots. He could go to Harrisburg or they may lower him to Potomac. Taylor really regressed and as young as he is, Hagerstown isn't out of the question.I just think Rizzo will shake up some things at the lower levels and make some of these kids really prove themselves before advancing them.Strasburg and Harper are generational type athletes. The rules were different for them.

  70. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Adam LaRoche's history is almost like Edwin Jacksons. A journeyman looking for a home although Adam's numbers have been more consistent he just has never gotten much respect and this Gold Glove is the 1st award he has won in his career.When the Braves traded ALR to Pittsburgh for MGonzo it was to make room for some hot shot rookie named Scott Thorman who was out of baseball by the following year. The year before ALR was traded he put up All-Star worthy numbers and slashed .285/.354/.561/.915 at the age of 26. It was one of the worst trades the Braves made.ALR knows that when you get traded the dynamics change and your numbers can worsen as they did in Pittsburgh.When ALR was traded back to Atlanta at the trade deadline he put up the best numbers of his career for that 2 month span .325/.401/.557/.957 and then went the Free Agent route for the 1st time in his career and only got a 1 year deal from Arizona.Until this year, Free Agency hasn't been too kind to ALR. He got the 1 year deal from Arizona and the 2 year deal from Washington.Adam has been with 5 teams in 9 seasons. If he is smart, he takes a fair deal from Rizzo and stays.

  71. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Ghost…re: Goodwin…it's a combination of his maturation and roster spots. He could go to Harrisburg or they may lower him to Potomac. Taylor really regressed and as young as he is, Hagerstown isn't out of the question.I just think Rizzo will shake up some things at the lower levels and make some of these kids really prove themselves before advancing them.Strasburg and Harper are generational type athletes. The rules were different for them. October 31, 2012 10:34 AM I was concerned about Goodwin when he jumped over Potomac and struggled in AA and very pleased he has bashed RH pitching in the AFL. On Rendon, I saw him on a fast-track to the Majors derailed by injuries. He is best contact hitter in the Nats system. My concern with Goodwin is going to be his problem hitting lefty pitching and Davey's reluctance to do platoons. The Nats need to get Eury Perez progressed as he is the best RH outfield bat the system has right now.

  72. sjm308 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Thanks to all for your opinions. NatsJack, I was not trying to move things up, just wanted to see if anyone thought they could jump several leagues with good play in the Arizona League and then continued good play in spring training. I think its exciting that we actually have people in the minors who we are looking to make contributions and we also have a team that won 98 games!!! It is one thing to be the KC Royals who are always talking about their young players and then falling short. We have young players and go into next year with 4 solid starters. A good if not great infield, the most exciting young player in the National League and corner outfielders who do not need tweeking. Oh I forgot, we also have TWO starting catchers and a solid bullpen. OK, I will get off the bandwagon and let rabbit, JB and others knock our lads down a peg.Go Nats!!

  73. Laddie Blah Blah - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    We will be able to see Rendon, Goodwin and Aaron Barrett in the futures game Saturday night. It will be televised by MLB.

  74. SCNatsFan - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I agree with the thoughts that ALR needs to see what the market offers; this should be his last big contract and coming off the year he did will set he and his family up for life. Unless Rizzo makes an offer like take this now or we are pulling all offers – which would be a horrible move – then ALR owes it to himself to hear other offers then decide.

  75. Water23 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Not sure if this is mentioned but this is definitely the year to go after a top tier FA. We have the lowest pick in the draftAlso, I am not sure if we need to sign someone but this would be a good year to do it. I am still all in on Grienke which would not cost compensation.

  76. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I don’t doubt Zuck's eyes so much as his heart — it takes over his head on stuff like this. The numbers don't really back Desi up as being a very good fielder (being a finalist of 4 among a possible field of 6 or 7guys is not such a fantastic honor). Desi's range is OK, it is not great. We can be anecdotal and recall this or that great play, and Desi made a bunch, but the stat-heads rank these guys and Zuck loves their numbers when they show Zim as elite. (What I remember about Zuck’s Zim versus Kouzmanoff for the GG arguments come to mind.) But when they show Desi as decent yet not great, he changes his perspective a touch. Desi’s athleticism is great, he has good speed and a strong arm, he has the potential to be a gifted fielder — but so far his hands are not great, he’s not great at the DP and his judgment (especially on throws) has been erratic. He has improved greatly, no doubt, but he was pretty terrible in 2010 and 2011. This is his first positive UZR season, and he struggled with the glove in the minors too. The numbers are what they are, Desi has not really proved that he can make the routine plays without trepidation as his fielding percentage is very low — his best year .970 still ranks him worst of full time SS in the NL, so he’s very likely booting more than his share of plays he should make. And, though Mark correctly calls out that Desi regularly made plays that required more than routine effort, his range is not elite by any measure, so he’s likely not making more of those non-routine plays than a bunch of SS are making. Desi had a nice season with the glove (much better with the bat!); I am not saying he sucked or anything. He has made vast improvement, especially on the throwing errors (ALR have something to do with that maybe?). But, whether it is advanced metrics or old-fashioned chances and errors, to date Desi does not add-up to a very good glove SS. Mark's eyes are a little lustful for his home team. I think that he sees the potential more than the actual.

  77. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    SteveJM308, the Nats are in the best shape of any team in the Majors even if ALR walks and EJax goes elsewhere.Morse moves to 1st base and the Nats will find a CF or corner OF to match up with Werth and Harper and the Nats have in-house options for that.Once the ALR situation is resolved, the Nats will know what direction to go in. They have backup plans for almost every situation in-house as Bernadina/Moore could be the LF solution and Lannan could be the 5th starter in the worse case situations.Again, there isn't a team in the Majors right now as self-sufficient as the Nats.The Danny Espinosa situation will also get figured out in 2013 in his Junior season. Either he proves he is the player he has the potential to be or he will be replaced by Lombardozzi or Anthony Rendon.

  78. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Thanks GoSM. I suspected that will be the case.Anyways, adding rotation depth in AAA is also a necessity.

  79. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Don said… I don’t doubt Zuck's eyes so much as his heart — it takes over his head on stuff like this.Don, obviously you want to pick a fight with Mark. Mark isn't wrong on this. Desmond stepped up as a top defender, not the best in the NL but certainly Top 3. What was so impressive to me is how he made ajustments. Sometimes he is so smoothe that he makes tough plays look easy.In the 7th inning of Game 1 of the NLDS and no outs with the Nats losing 2-1 and bases loaded he was at doubleplay depth. Mattheus induces a groundball that was hit hard enough and Desi turned a 6-2 at the plate. He made it look so easy and did it with no hesitation. The next play was turned for a doubleplay and the Nats miraculously got thru that inning without giving up a run and eventually won that game.Desmond had a similar play a few weeks earlier and botched the play. It showed me how he adjusted and how he is always learning. Being a good defender is about making all the routine plays and making the hard plays look routine.If you don't see the talent or are a hater, that's fine but Mark gave you his thoughts and he shouldn't be criticized for having a good eye for baseball.

  80. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

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  81. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… Thanks GoSM. I suspected that will be the case.Anyways, adding rotation depth in AAA is also a necessity. October 31, 2012 11:17 AM Finding 1 Zach Duke is a neccesity and finding 2 would be great.

  82. Feel Wood - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Desi’s athleticism is great, he has good speed and a strong arm, he has the potential to be a gifted fielder — but so far his hands are not great, he’s not great at the DP and his judgment (especially on throws) has been erratic.You need to quit watching 11:00 news highlight packages and start watching games. Every game, in its entirety. Because you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

  83. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Ghost, I don't find Don's comments to be that of a hater at all. The problem with the 'eye' test is that you have your eye on your players 162 times a year but you only see some other players from 6 to 18 times a year which means that even if you have a great eye your analysis is bound to be subjective and over influenced by spectacular plays you see from your team. The only way to analyze a player's performance objectively is through numbers and as of now UZR is the best metric to judge defense. As far as GG voting we all now that's BS and is influenced more by offense and reputation than defense.

  84. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Some people like Don forget that Desi was hampered most of the season with the injured oblique. You try to turn some of those plays with that injury.

  85. Doc - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Ghost, thanks for jumping in and defending Desi.I haven't looked at his advanced fielding metrics lately, but I'll trust my eyes on this one. His range has to be better than almost all SS's.I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Desi is the heart of the Nats.

  86. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    JD said… Ghost,I don't find Don's comments to be that of a hater at allI am talking about a hater of Mark moreso. Calling him "Zuck" and criticising his opinions after Mark explained himself Don went on the attack again. That's someone of questionable intentions and "hater" is possibly in play although that could be too strong of a word.

  87. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Doc said… Ghost, thanks for jumping in and defending Desi.I haven't looked at his advanced fielding metrics lately, but I'll trust my eyes on this one. His range has to be better than almost all SS's.I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Desi is the heart of the Nats. October 31, 2012 11:53 AM Doc, it doesn't happen often in baseball that a player turns his career around in a matter of months. Desi did that in 2011. He wasn't even above .299 OBP for the 1st few months of 2011 then Davey took over and Desi excelled to a level where he rose to a level where he ended the season on a positive note and followed up 2012 as an All Star and improved at all levels of his game.Desi has stepped up to a level where he may be as you say the "Heart of the Nats". He has leadership and was clutch and was a major reason for the Nats success and turnaround.

  88. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    I started to post this earlier but didn't. Don. in three words… "You Are Wrong".

  89. happy 2 pylon - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    natsjack – agreed about the desi detractorsto paraphrase:http://www.nonstick.com/sounds/Elmer_Fudd/ltef_006.mp3

  90. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    GoSM, I think Lannen is more suitable comparison. we will likely lose him this off-season. who can we replace him with at AAA? someone who is willing to get a minor league deal?by the way, who has the best fastball among our prospects?

  91. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Doc, Ghost, Desi needs no defending. His overall metrics rank him tops in the NL with a 5.4 WAR and 2nd only to Ben Zobrist in the majors. Defensively his numbers in the NL rank 2nd to Zack Cozart of the Reds.

  92. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Faraz, Giolito; when he comes back from TJ. He was sitting at 99 mph in high school.

  93. hmm... - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    JD:Desi needs no defending.Nor does markgymzg

  94. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Wow. Touchy touchy. I am a hater for getting into a discussion in which I am not in agreement with Mark? I may have questionable intentions (like what?) for calling a guy named Zuckerman "Zuck"? Funny stuff.What's closer to haterism is stuff like I "clearly do not know what I am talking about" — forget that nothing I said is even close to being provocative and is supported by at least some evidence. I said Desi had improved but has not yet proven himslef to be a very good glove man. Disagree away, but anyone who thinks that is a wildly and purely false statement is likely to be the one not watching the games.

  95. natsfan1a - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I'm behind on reading, as previously noted, but I'm guessing that the passages below, which could be read as intimations of bias and/or homerism, may have been what some found objectionable (and, fwiw, I do not have that impression of Mark)."I don’t doubt Zuck's eyes so much as his heart — it takes over his head on stuff like this." "Mark's eyes are a little lustful for his home team. I think that he sees the potential more than the actual." Wow. Touchy touchy. I am a hater for getting into a discussion in which I am not in agreement with Mark? I may have questionable intentions (like what?) for calling a guy named Zuckerman "Zuck"? Funny stuff.

  96. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    JD said… Doc, Ghost,Desi needs no defending. His overall metrics rank him tops in the NL with a 5.4 WAR and 2nd only to Ben Zobrist in the majors. Defensively his numbers in the NL rank 2nd to Zack Cozart of the Reds.October 31, 2012 12:15 PM Just let Don know that.

  97. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    by the way, no Nationals manage to win Fielding bible award.Also did not notice it at first but Trout not winning gold glove is a shame.

  98. Feel Wood - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I said Desi had improved but has not yet proven himslef to be a very good glove man. Disagree away, but anyone who thinks that is a wildly and purely false statement is likely to be the one not watching the games.Well, the managers and coaches who watched the games and then voted for Gold Glove thought he is a good enough glove man to be in the top four. And actually it could have been higher than that. Did you notice how all the other positions had only two or three finalists while NL shortstop had four? That's because those finalists weren't selected before the voting. They were the top echelon at each position after the voting. They could have eliminated the announcement of finalists completely and just announced the winners directly, but clearly included that step to build suspense for the TV show. So the reason there were four shortstops and only two or three at other positions is because there was bunching at the top of the voting results at shortstop. Yes, there are four very good fielding shortstops in the NL right now. The fact that Desmond is in that group but was not selected highest among them by people who watch the games doesn't mean he's not a very good glove man. Au contraire. It means he's one of the best.

  99. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I still like Haren as a Nationals even if Angels pick up his option.

  100. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    What's amazing to me studying the UZR metrics for CFs is how good Bryce Harper rated. Even Bryce rated above Andrew McCutcheon who won the Gold Glove.With Bryce being more than capable in CF and Werth doing well in leadoff, it really gives Rizzo many more options if LaRoche does choose to leave.A year ago it looked dim that the Nats largest hole would be CF and leadoff.Now the holes are small: 5th starter if Rizzo is looking to upgrade, AAA depth at starting pitching, and the LaRoche domino.I still think that even if EJax walks and LaRoche doesn't re-sign that the Nats have enough internal options and Minor League depth and July 31st deadline moves that they could do absolutely nothing if they chose to.

  101. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    natsfan1a – -Fair enough. I should not have intimated that Zuck is towing the Nats company line on Desi or the like, if that is the way it was read. But Zuck's opinion, not his striaght reporting is what is at issue here, and I do think that Zuck has had a history of pulling-for Desi. Calling-out his great potential and hoping the team has patience with him, that Rizzo does not move him or send him down, or whatever. And Zuck was right as Desi turned in a great season. Ghost: That Desi's numbers (which ones?) rank 2nd to Cozart in the NL claim begs for some back-up, no?

  102. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    SteveM, good point on Bryce. Once Bryce's frame starts filling out he probably will be the rightfielder.The encouraging news is the Nats with or without LaRoche are a very good team and hoping its with LaRoche.

  103. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    DON, I was referring to WAR among shot stops which does indeed rank Desi 2nd overall in the majors at 5.4. Ben Zobrist was at 5.9. Check it out on Fan Graphs.

  104. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Feelwood – Because NL SS had 4 not 3 finalists it means all of that? You know a lot about bunching. All of the positions had at least 3 guys, AL C also had 4 finalists. Not sure that means all that much. And is it not odd how some guy hits 25-30 HRs and finds himself in the Gold Glove conversation, not like Desi's big offensive production had ANTYTHING to do with him getting some Gold Glove love, of course. This is defense we are taling about — Derek Jeter deserved to win all of his, heck, Rafi deserved the one he won when he did not even really play. The people who watched the games (in which Rafi did not play) voted and all. ;-)

  105. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    JD — I did not think that WAR was a pure defensive metric. You said Desi ranked 2 behind Cozart — where is that? Thanks!

  106. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Gonat, I am all for Bryce staying in CF at least until we figure out if Goodwin can hit in the majors; I think it adds to his value. I think Werth at this stage of his career is better suited to LF than RF. I think if ALR leaves it changes the entire dynamics of the team makeup; it hurts us in infield defense but it does give us an opportunity to improve outfield defense by removing Morse from the outfield.

  107. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    The home grown core + Werth and Gio and I will include Ramos as home grown is quite encouraging for the future:Outfield core: Harper Werth _________Infield core: Zimmerman, Desmond _____ ______Pitchers core: Stras, Gio, JZim, Det _____Catchers core: RamosHow many teams have this many core players? Only the Nats. Team control:Harper 6 more yearsWerth 5 more yearsZim 8 more years with optionDesi 3 more yearsRamos 4 more yearsStras 4 more yearsGio 6 more years with 2 optionsJZim 3 more yearsDet 3 more yearsThen look at Espinosa if he emerges and other depth in TyMo and Lombo and all the future stars in the Minor Leagues!

  108. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Ghost, Perez is an interesting guy. He did way better in AAA than at any level below that; he is a 100% singles hitter. He had good stolen base numbers but not spectacular and he was caught steeling in about 25% of his attempts. He kind of profiles like a young Juan Pierre which isn't bad but I don't think Davie loves that kind of player.

  109. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    JD, agreed on the outfield formation. Nice to have the flexibility with Bryce.

  110. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Ghost, There is no denying that we are set up to compete better than any other team in the majors and I fully expect us to contend for at least the next 5 years. We should however keep in mind that when it comes to the playoffs it's still a crap shoot and you are guaranteed nothing no matter how good you are.

  111. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    SteveM, nice to see that core chart especially given the ages of all those players below 29 years old except Werth.

  112. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Don, In the defensive metrics of Fan Graphs. Crawford and Barmes are also ahead of Desi but they were not regulars throughout the year.

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    JD, I see Eury Perez as a bench role player and as a RH bat he compliments well with Bryce and Goodwin who are LH, he is perfect to hopefully be a Juan Pierre type.Eury's XBH will come from shots down the leftfield line and some that make it into gaps otherwise you are right that he is a slap singles hitter with speed.

  114. Tcostant - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Has anyone seen their credit for the NLCS yet? Today was suppose to be the last drop dead day. I know they might blame "Sandy" but the fact is these were suppose to be processed last week and it might take 'til today to post. Does anyone have an update?P.S. Congrads to ALR, he was the best 1B in the league by far.

  115. Feel Wood - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Yes, we all need to get things straight here.Managers and coaches watch the games and conclude that Desi is one of the best fielding shortstops in the league.Mark Zuckerman, myself and every other poster here watches the games and concludes that Desi is one of the best fielding shortstops in the league.Don watches the games and concludes that Desi is bad with the glove.Clearly Don is right and everyone else is wrong.

  116. Steady Eddie - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Tcostant — I just talked to my ST rep about that today, before the next payment for 2013 tix was due (tomorrow) — I thought I already had an excess credit (I bought a couple of extra strips for friends) and didn't want to pay still more $ over my balance due.Apparently none of these credit transactions have shown up in the "My Tickets" account page because that's run by Tickets.com, not the Nats or even MLB.But he looked on the computer and found that for some reason (which actually is positive in my case at least), Tickets.com refunded the price (including markup) of NLCS Game 1 to my credit card, not my Nats ST account, and credited the rest against the 2013 ST balance.So you need to call your ST rep to get the numbers in your case.

  117. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    JD said… Ghost,There is no denying that we are set up to compete better than any other team in the majors and I fully expect us to contend for at least the next 5 years. We should however keep in mind that when it comes to the playoffs it's still a crap shoot and you are guaranteed nothing no matter how good you are. October 31, 2012 1:51 PM I would say 3 years of great times ahead and hopefully more but Rizzo needs to make sure he keeps the youth so this team doesn't resemble what is happening to the Yankees and Phillies.The Phillies in a few years will be a good case study for 1 and done and like you said once you are in the playoffs it doesn't guarantee you anything. The Phillies of 2011 were the best in the Majors with an amazing starting rotation only to get knocked out by the Wild Card team in the 1st round.I still think Bochy made some ballsy moves and to win 2 of the last 3 years, he is doing something right. Their July pickups of Cody Ross 3 years ago and Marco Scutaro paid huge dividends.

  118. Tcostant - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I talked to my rep, all is good thanks. The one interesting thing is that Game 1 of NLCS was credited staight back to my credit card and the rest offset my season tickets.But thanks, this confirmed that no payment tomorrow and none until 1/2/13.

  119. Feel Wood - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Tcostant said… Has anyone seen their credit for the NLCS yet? Today was suppose to be the last drop dead day.I don't recall a "drop dead day" ever being announced. What was announced was more of a timeframe for refunds, and I think we're still in the middle of it. Clearly this is not a process that happens in an instant. Just as every ticket was purchased in a separate transaction, every refund probably takes place in a separate transaction. There are multiple places delays could occur – with the team, with Tickets.com, with the credit card company. If you really think you should have your money now, don't whine here. Call and ask about your specific situation. The worst you can get from doing that is better than whatever you'll find out here.As an example of how no two of these processes are alike, I sold my parking for NLDS Game 1 and NLDS Game 2 in separate transactions on StubHub that occurred 24 hours apart. I got my check for Game 1 within a couple of days. It was more than a week after that that I got a notice that my check for Game 2 was being processed – just as I was getting ready to call and ask them where my money was.

  120. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Ghost, To be fair the Phills were at the top of the NL or close to that for about 5 years; where they went wrong in my opinion is when they gave long term deals to aging veterans like Howard and Rollins to where they will be well past their primes and making big bucks.

  121. NatsLady - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Congrats to Adam LaRoche. Why wouldn't you want the best 1B (saving maybe Joey Votto) back at almost any cost? Re Desi: One thing about UZR and UZR/150 that I would be careful with is that you need three years of data to be confident in the results/comparisons. When you have a young and improving guy like Desi I'm not sure how reliable the data is. Not saying don't use it at all, but bear in mind its limitations. Fangraphs WAR adds both defense and offense for the final number, but you can see them separately. Multiple online sources are reporting that Brad Meyers, who was picked by the New York Yankees in the December 2011 Rule 5 draft, has been returned to the Washington Nationals and assigned to the Syracuse Chiefs.Brad Myershttp://nationalsprospects.com/2012/10/rule-5-pick-brad-meyers-returned/

  122. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Ghost, No doubt Bochy is a great post season manager but it wouldn't mean squat if he didn't get amazing starts from Vogelsong, Cain and Zito when it counted the most. We handled all of these pitchers fairly easily and as I recall we really knocked Vogelsong around which just goes to show you that you can build and plan to death but in a tournament things happen.

  123. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Brad Meyers = AAA depth; that's a good thing.

  124. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    NatsLady, Anyone who sees Desi play the position for 162 games has to be blind to miss how good he is in the field. I only object when we anoint our players as the best at their position without the benefit of having seen the opposition as often. How many here can make intelligent comments about Zack Cozart's defense as an example?

  125. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Under the heading of taking things too seriously … as in death threats to Drew Storen (Remember his mom Pam reads that stuff!)Just Don't!

  126. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Brad Meyers = AAA depth; that's a good thing.Craig Stammen, Tom Gorzelanny, and Zach Duke (if he is re-upped) just got some competition … combine with Danny Rosenbaum? Lots of possibilities for the middle relief role Davey likes to keep well staffed.

  127. NatsLady - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    JD, I am a big Desi fan, always have been. Same for Espi–and whoever said he needs motivation to try something new has forgotten the experiments with his HS batting coach, excessive time in the cages, floundering around with the "batting eye" excuse, etc. Danny is hyper-motivated and intense. You are right on target about not being as knowledgable about other teams. I plan to spend this winter watching archived games–not ours, other teams'.

  128. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Then look at Espinosa if he emerges and other depth in TyMo and Lombo and all the future stars in the Minor Leagues!Honestly, at this point what they really and truly need is for Brett Mooneyham to come on strong like the horse he is touted as by Harris et al. They need that left-hander.

  129. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    JD said… Ghost,To be fair the Phills were at the top of the NL or close to that for about 5 years; where they went wrong in my opinion is when they gave long term deals to aging veterans like Howard and Rollins to where they will be well past their primes and making big bucks. October 31, 2012 2:35 PM The goal is always winning World Series but also staying relevant long-term. Rizzo seems to have a good handle on the Nats blueprint. 2012 in hindsight was really a pleasant surprise a year ahead of schedule. Those Las Vegas odds will change when Rizzo makes his final roster moves but again, I don't see a better team built for the next 162 games.

  130. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I still like Haren as a Nationals even if Angels pick up his option.And certainly Rizzo likes Haren a lot … and knows him well.But Davey likes his match ups and its kind of hard to argue with the success Davey has had with the pitching staff … It seems implausible to some but I suspect if they go for anyone out there its going to be for someone a lot younger than Haren, with team control that throws from the left-side. Drew hit the nail on the head: think David Price in another huge Gio-like deal.

  131. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Peric, Dave Cameron suggests a trade of David Price and Tim Beckham for Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer. How do we put together a package to like that for Price (Unless you want to do Espinosa, Morse and Rendon).

  132. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Now the holes are small: 5th starter if Rizzo is looking to upgrade, AAA depth at starting pitching, and the LaRoche domino.I still don't see AAA depth as a problem … but then it depends on whether the discerning fan is willing to give the young prospects to prove their worth in Syracuse.So, with Bradley Meyers, Danny Rosenbaum, Yunesky Maya, Tanner Roark, Jeff Mandel, and Erik Davis it looks they might have it covered. They surely could use another lefty in the mix. The possibility of one or both of Matt Purke, and Sammy Solis ending up in Syracuse before the 1st half is done seems more than probable … however both with set-in-stone innings limits. Trevor Holder, Brian Broderick (remember him), Kevin Pucetas, and Cameron Selik … all possibilities for promotion ….Plus the two top right-handed starters in Nate Karns and Ryan Perry.The Nats have plenty of starting pitching with a notable shortage (as in the majors) on the left side both starting and in relief. The starting rotation hole possibly assuaged by the 3 top lefties Purke, Solis, and Rosenbaum. Again, the first two with hard and fast innings limits.I don't see AAA as short of depth of starting pitching.

  133. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    How do we put together a package to like that for Price (Unless you want to do Espinosa, Morse and Rendon).Easy: Tyler Moore, one of Matt Purke or Sammy Solis, one of Nate Karns and Ryan Perry, Stephen Lombardozzi or Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse, and Tyler Clippard. Possibly adding Jesus Flores and Jhonatan Solano or Sandy Leon. Plus, Jeff Kobernus who looks close to ready. I think that would do it. The Rays might want more … the trick is to fill their need with surplus.

  134. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Yes, a left-handed starter of David Price's ilk with team control until 2016 is well worth the going rate.

  135. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Peric, That;'s a lot of names but is there even one in that mix who Davie would trust to start in the bigs for let's say 2 months in case of injury? Not from current available data. Someone may improve to perhaps be able to fill that void but most of the pitchers you mention already have enough of a track record to make that an unlikely scenario. I exclude Purke and Solis from the bunch but of them are coming of serious arm injuries where you shouldn't count on them for 2013.

  136. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Peric, You are not getting Price without 2 proven major league regulars (I am not talking Flores or Lombo here) + Rendon at the very least.

  137. JD - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I don't understand why we are talking another no. 1 starter when we already have 4 superb young under team control starters who are soon to be super expensive. Makes no sense to me; I think one more stud outfielder ALA Justin Upton is more of a need than that.

  138. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Why would you want three lefties in one rotation?

  139. peric - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Why would you want three lefties in one rotation?See Phillies, Braves, and even Marlins with impact left-handed hitters and power. See Howard, Ryan, Freeman, Freddie, Heyward, Jason, Morrison, Logan to just name a few. I guess you haven't been watching Davey and how much he likes those matchups? Its one HUGE reason why Lannan was brought up to pitch those double headers and was kept stashed in AAA. One big reason why both Tom Gorzelanny and Zach Duke ended up on the roster with Lannan. Why Duke was signed to join Lannan in Syracuse?

  140. John C. - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    On LHP: currently the Nats have three LHP in their rotation: Gio, Det and Lannan (arbitration eligible). While Lannan may be pushed out/let go, the Nationals have to find someone else first. The bullpen is more of an issue, with both Burnett and Mike Gonzalez liable to go elsewhere. I'd like to see them both brought back if the money is right – they were both useful last year. Right now Gorzelanny (arbitration eligible) is the only LHRP that the Nationals have control of, and they may well bring him back in the long man/swing starter role. Unless he has minor league options left, he's not going to Syracuse – he'll opt for free agency first.Which brings us to AAA pitching depth, I'm less optimistic than Peric is on the current crop of candidates. Maya and Meyers (if healthy) are likely to start out in the AAA rotation. Ryan Perry is only a candidate if he clears waivers (no minor league options left). Christian Garcia has been tried twice as a starter and blew out his elbow twice; I don't think the Nationals are going there even though Davey wants to. Rosenbaum got hit pretty hard at AA ball, so almost certainly starts there again to try to work those issues out. Roark, Mandel and Davis are just bodies at this point; Mandel and Roark are aging out of contention and Davis isn't a starter. None of them are players that you'd want to have to make an emergency start in Nats Town, much less fill a rotation spot due to injury/ineffectiveness.

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