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VIDEO: First impressions of Nationals spring training

Feb 14, 2014, 11:29 AM EST

Photo by the Associated Press Photo by the Associated Press

Once our camera man arrives this weekend in Viera, Fla., we should have tons of video content to share with you from Nats spring training. A CSN producer told me to expect one-on-one sitdowns with nearly every player on the Nationals’ roster, as well as Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo. We’ll also have updates from Mark Zuckerman reporting on what he has seen from batting practice and bullpen sessions.

While we wait for those, here’s a phone interview Mark did last night on Geico SportsNet Central. In this video Michael Jenkins asks him about the mood heading into spring training and overall first impressions of the early goings in Viera.

Check it out:

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    is anyone else jealous of braves extending their young talent?

    • TimDz - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      They are rolling the dice…..

      I understand the reasoning behind it, but they could either be paying pennies on the dollar for perennial allstars, or they are tossing money away on guys that they would have non-tendered anyway….

      I guess we’ll find out in a few years….

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Freeman’s contract is whatever. that may not pan out, but it is hard not to love Teheran’s deal. his numbers are very similar to MadBum and he is only 23. Wish we could do these kind of deals with Strasburg and JZ when we had the chance. I understand their agents are smarter than Julio’s, but a fan can wish.

      • therealjohnc - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        The contract numbers are similar to Bumgarner’s, but as Dave Cameron at Fangraphs pointed out, Bumgarner had been better for a longer period of time and was younger at the time of his signing than Teheran is now. So the Teheran contract actually reflects continued inflation in player contracts. It’s a fair deal and not a bad one, but it’s not a discount/bargain either.

    • David Proctor - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      They only bought out one FA year. We were able to extend Ryan several times. We signed Gio to a club-friendly deal. You can’t do it with everyone though. You usually get the best deals done prearb. But you couldn’t get something done with, say, Desmond pre-arbitration because he wasn’t good then. He developed later. Once they get a few million dollars, they feel much more comfortable waiting for a market deal. Which is also why team-friendly deals with the Harper’s and Strasburg’s of the world won’t get done–they got big signing bonuses (plus are Boras clients).

      You have to do it early. There’s really nobody on our team who falls in that range anymore. Ramos is the only one, but he hit arbitration this year.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        To be able to control arb years is huge.

        Several times is a bit of a stretch, no? It was only a couple times. I get your points though. I hope we are smart with upcoming talent and extend some like this Teheran dude or Perez earlier in the season by Rangers.

      • David Proctor - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        A guy like AJ Cole, if he comes up and does well, is a guy you’d want to lock up long-term. Not a first round pick (smaller signing bonus), not a Boras client, etc. He fits the criteria well.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Even Giolito due to his injury risks should jump at guaranteed money. I don’t see any position prospects that can take over first or CF (or other OFs). Only if Moore can get going for good.

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Looking forward to videos of guys taking practice.

    I love Danny, but no way he can take 2B job away from Rendon. I mean, he will have to hit like 20 bombs and hit north of .500 before opening day to do that.

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Probably a family give away signing! 😛





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