The Nats are in a holding pattern right now. They are dealing with first world baseball team problems like signing their multiple free agents to be, rather than trying to shore up a little bit here or there, which they still need to do. (2nd baseman, maybe lefty in pen) Personally I think Rizzo's "I can never lose" trade philosophy is slowing things down, but it's hard to argue with it. The alternative is gambling that good prospects don't pan out for them or that bad ones do for you. Of course if there was a time to make such deals it's now, when a window is possibly closing and you want wins this year damn the next. We'll see.
So what do we do in the meantime? Talk about Bryce not showing up at fanfest? HA! Try another blog sucker. Talk about the Lerner's unnecessarily trying to wring a few more bucks from Bryce's contract? Warmer but I think everyone understands these guys are BUSINESSMEN, this is what they are going to do.
Instead it's time to go to the well. Give me questions to answer and I'll try to answer them. We'll say Thursday. Sneak preview of the magic to come:
Is Lombo or Morse coming back?
No. Morse looks like he's signing with Marlins. Lombo passed waivers so if the Nats want him they'd have to deal for him. From the Orioles. Good luck with that.
Is it possible to win a World Series with no big contracts?
Didn't KC just almost do that? But seriously - sure you can but it's a matter of timing. These players all have to be young and under team control keeping the costs down. But I think you're more asking something like : can you build a team of FAs with no big contracts and really contend. The biggest spenders can - the rest probably not. The cost is going to be prohibitively high for the return for those average/slightly above average players. I suppose if you had a year when you hit it out of the park with each signing (think Nelson Cruz esque) then it could work but I'm not betting on it.
Should we have "caved" to Bryce without a longer deal?
I think they "caved" because the Nats thought they'd probably lose. So it wasn't a cave as more an acceptance.
How bout Clint Robinson! Looks good! .300 hitter with moderate power. Why hasn't he gotten a real chance?
Those are PCL numbers. Don't think that matters?
IL 2014 : .261 / .331 / .393
PCL 2014 : .276 / .344 / .427
Hitting is just a step easier in the PCL. Often times it'll give teams greater pause on bringing guys up with good numbers. You could argue that he deserved a shot in 2011, but they paused, then he flopped a bit in his IL try out, and here we are. Still mashing PCL but now 30. I don't think it's a bad grab but I do think if he were to play extended time in the majors that power would go away.