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VIDEO: Gio Gonzalez on CSN’s SportsTalk Live

Feb 19, 2014, 1:31 PM EST

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Gio Gonzalez sat down for a one-on-one interview with Brian Mitchell last night for a segment on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It’s pretty clear Gio is enjoying himself down in Viera, just look at the shades he’s wearing in the screenshot.

Gio talked about his expectations for the Nationals this season, his new role as a veteran, and first impressions of Matt Williams. According to the lefty, Williams has already pulled pranks on some of the players.

Check it out right here:

  1. natinalsgo - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Homer Bailey gets 6 years at $17.5 million per year which comps JZim closely.

    • David Proctor - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Zimmermann has been much more consistent. It’ll be interesting to see.

      • Chazz - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Znn’s a big horse. 7/$150mm wd be a bargain.

    • tcostant - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Backed loaded or not, Zimm will make $16.5M next year, he will want a bigger raise off that number heading into free agency. It’s likely closer to $20M per than $16.5M so at least $18.5M per/ At least…

    • DaveB - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      When you take out his arbitration year, Bailey’s remaining years avg. $19M / year (with the option year at $25M) … I think JZimm will get at least $20M / yr for his FA years. If the Nata either get some kind of favorable resolution on the MASN deal, or get a couple years of post-season extra revenues, then they MIGHT be willing to pay that, but it seems like a long shot right now.

  2. David Proctor - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 2m
    Matt Williams sounds like he is leaning toward batting Bryce Harper fifth. Reasoning: can clean up RBIs, protect 3-4, run more often.

    I hate this, but I knew he was leaning that way. So:

    Span
    Rendon
    Zim
    Werth
    Harper
    Desmond
    LaRoche
    Ramos

    I can live with that, even if it’s far from the best possible configuration.

    • tcostant - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Werth is no cleanup hitter IMO

      • David Proctor - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Bat him third and Zim 4th then. FWIW, Werth has performed best in the cleanup spot in his career. .328/.420/.576. Only 293 PA, so take it for what it’s worth, but he clearly hasn’t hurt himself there.

      • therealjohnc - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Well, for the past year and a half he’s been the best hitter on the team.

  3. jd - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    David,

    I am with you. First of all you can only clean up if there is something on base, secondly you always,always want your best hitters to come up as often as possible, ergo Harper must be in the top 3. I don’t like the focus on speed which I think is bogus and largely irrelevant in the long run and I don’t have much use for the concept of ‘protection’ which incidentally has been disproved on more than one occasion.

    Clearly it looks like Matt Williams is not into statistical analysis which is a shame because it implies that he won’t use available data to his advantage. He may have many other wonderful qualities and I am sure that managers who were not into cyber metrics have had success in the past so we’ll just have to wait and see.

    • sjm308 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      jd – you nailed it and I am with both you and David. I want Bryce up in the first inning and I am not that crazy about Rendon hitting 2nd (although the more I think about that it might work really well if his plate discipline is as good as I think it will be). The lineup that David put up has one obvious flaw that we just can’t do anything about. LaRoche & Ramos will clog up the basepaths, no matter where they hit.

      On a separate note. How great is this group here at Insiders??!! I ask a question about left handed SS and get a complete list of all lefties not just playing SS but 2nd, 3rd and catcher as well. A big thanks to RPrecupJR!!. If others want to see that list its in the article on the pitchers playing Shortstop .

      Go Nats!!

      • masterfishkeeper - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Count me in the group that wants Bryce hitting second or third. Told my kids last night that I’d like Rendon leading off, followed by Harper.

        Batting him fifth is silly, at least if the reason is baserunning. If there’s some sort of psychological or motivational reasoning for it, maybe I could live with that.

    • David Proctor - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      “Clearly it looks like Matt Williams is not into statistical analysis which is a shame because it implies that he won’t use available data to his advantage”

      I think that’s a bit of an overreaction. It’s not all or nothing. Clearly he doesn’t buy into statistical analysis of lineup construction, but that doesn’t mean he’s not into it at all. After all, he has talked A LOT about defensive positioning which is based on analytics (and even hired a defensive coordinator). He’s talked about better scouting reports. So while it’s disappointing that he seems to insist on batting Harper 5, I wouldn’t say he’s not sabermetrically inclined. Lineup construction is one very small part of it (and sabermetrics even say that the order of the lineup really isn’t all that important to begin with).

      • jd - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        David,

        I hope you are right. just get nervous when I hear talk about speed and protection which IMO are old school approaches. I do agree that the accent on defensive positioning is encouraging. As far as lineup construction, I agree that the importance of same is overblown but I don’t think it’s totally irrelevant.

      • David Proctor - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Keep in mind that our #3 hitter had a whopping 5 more ABs than our #5 hitter last year. The average was around 14. I can’t find plate appearances, but it’s probably about the same. Not that big a difference.

  4. tcostant - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Another story about the Nationals moving out of Viera:

    http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2014/02/18/astros-now-talking-with-nationals-about-a-new-spring-training-site/

  5. jd - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    tcostant,

    That would be a longer drive for NatsJack.

  6. natinalsgo - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Did anyone listen to Thom Loverro criticising Williams decision to bus in players rather than have them walk the 1/4 mile.

    Loverro says that’s too much control over the players and he’s trying to kiss up to ownership by that move.

    There’s so little to criticize so far this Spring that blow-hards like Loverro have to find something.

    When’s the last time Loverro walked a 1/4 mile at one time.

    • David Proctor - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      “Loverro says that’s too much control over the players and he’s trying to kiss up to ownership by that move.”

      The players have said they love that.

      • natinalsgo - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Exactly right. I guess all the autograph seekers were becoming a problem especially with Harper and Straburg before the morning workouts.

        The interview was on 980 AM just before 2pm if you get to listen to the podcast.

        The most extreme part was how he said this was a kiss up to ownership as they wanted more control and structure during Spring Training.

      • unkyd59 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Pollin was crying the same “control freak” song on 570, this morning, too… I expect Pollin to voice opinion out of context, but I really like Lovey, even though he stirs the pot just to generate phone calls… It’s a half hour a day of relaxing time, saved by not walking…. Smh

      • tcostant - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        I heard it too.

        I don’t love it, because it screw’s autograft seekers and I think that is the real issue. I bet some looked bad not stopping, while other got to the next workout late, because they stopped.

        I not sure how I feel one way or the other.

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