expecting deals sub rosa, wanted Zobrist, stuck with Espinosa.
My bathroom walls are a bit more baseball focused. "For a good time call your cable operator and upgrade your package to include the MLB network"
Zobrist got dealt over the weekend to the A's and despite the "Hey! The Nats deal with the A's a lot!" line of hopefulness, it's doubtful that they are looking to move Zobrist. They signed Billy Butler for a reason. They are looking to win short term. This means the Nats are likely going with Danny Espinosa at 2nd base.
All I can say is - don't despair. There's no reason to right now, certainly not for 2015. The team won 96 games last year. You can easily imagine Ramos, Rendon, Bryce, and Zimm all having more productive seasons. The starting staff, top to bottom best in the majors, is all back. It's going to take more than a slightly below average overall 2B to derail this train.
What is concerning is what this means for 2016 and beyond. Let's review again because I'm not sure the elephant in the room is having the impact it should :
FA after 2015 : Clippard, Span, Zimmermann, Fister, Desmond (Thorton and Blevins too - so better develop a lefty arm)
FA after 2016 : Strasburg, Storen, Ramos (and the useful Stammen)
Getting better in 2015 is a nice goal. Getting better is always a nice goal. But the main issue facing the Nats this offseason isn't 2B or getting one more bullpen arm, it's the above list. If they don't sign some of these guys they are guaranteeing a drop in performance for the next couple of years. How big a drop depends on how many of these guys walk. I'm not the type that likes to crush someone today and praise them tomorrow so I'd rather wait and see and take the whole offseason into account.
If it turns out they let 2015 sit because they were focused (and able) to get the guys they needed re-signed? That's fine! It's not an "A" offseason, there isn't any reason they couldn't focus on both the future and next year, but it's one I'll live with.
If it turns out they let 2015 sit because they were focused on getting the payroll down and no one is signed, that's not fine and I'll be raging against all sorts of machines.