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  1. Point/Counterpoint: Did Nats get enough for Clippard?

    Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: DID THE NATS GET ENOUGH FOR TYLER CLIPPARD? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Let me start by saying that I don’t think the Nationals got a bad return for Clippard. Yunel Escobar is, at worst, an average MLB shortstop who is under team control for two or three more years. If you can get that…

  2. Point/Counterpoint: What rookie will make an impact in ’15?

    Jan 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH CURRENT NATS MINOR LEAGUER WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2015 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This is always a fun one to debate, because there’s such a good chance of being completely wrong. (Check out last year’s Point/Counterpoint on the same subject. Yikes!) So I offer this up…

  3. Point/Counterpoint: Should Storen’s role be secure?

    Dec 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATS ENTER 2015 WITH DREW STOREN AS CLOSER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: I understand why we’re having this discussion, but I do think it’s a bit unfair to suggest the Nationals need a new closer. The argument for change essentially boils down to Storen’s performance in two…

  4. Point/Counterpoint: Will Nats regret Zim’s contract?

    Nov 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WILL THE NATS ULTIMATELY REGRET RYAN ZIMMERMAN’S CONTRACT EXTENSION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: The easy answer at this moment is to say that yes, they will regret it. Really, who wants to be on the hook for $86 million (the minimum Zimmerman is still owed) to a guy who can no longer play the…

  5. Point/Counterpoint: Who should get long-term deal?

    Nov 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO SHOULD THE NATIONALS MOST TRY TO LOCK UP TO A LONG-TERM EXTENSION: IAN DESMOND, DOUG FISTER OR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN? MARK ZUCKERMAN: With the offseason now in full swing, we bring back our popular Point/Counterpoint feature from last winter. Chase and I will debate one topic each week (give or take) while…

  6. Point/Counterpoint: Impact rookie in 2014?

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH MEMBER OF THE NATIONALS’ FARM SYSTEM WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2014 AND BECOME A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Unlike the last two seasons, there isn’t an obvious, slam-dunk choice here. There’s no Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon in the pipeline, poised to make an immediate impact in the big…

  7. Point/Counterpoint: Would you give Werth $83 million?

    Jan 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WOULD YOU GIVE JAYSON WERTH A 4-YEAR, $83 MILLION CONTRACT THIS WINTER, IF HE WAS ON THE OPEN MARKET? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Now here’s an interesting subject. If you take Werth’s 7-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals and remove the terms of the first three years of the deal (which he has…

  8. Point/Counterpoint: Espinosa as utilityman?

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATIONALS MAKE DANNY ESPINOSA THEIR UTILITY INFIELDER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE TO FILL THAT POSITION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This may be the unpopular answer, but I say the Nationals absolutely should give Espinosa a shot here. To me, the most important trait for a utility infielder is defense. And you…

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