Off-Season Roller Coaster

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Sunday, January 18, 2009 | 0 comments »

This off-season has not gone exactly the way Nats fans had planned. No big free agent signing (so far anyway), including our hopes and dreams of Mark Teixeira, and offers not extended to favorites like Tim Redding.

Now the Nats are discussing filing position holes from within the team? I realize that we have a lot of guys that can play multiple positions, however, don't we want to try to get someone who is a GREAT at one position to add to the team?

If Nick Johnson is not the starting first baseman this year, are we really going to have Ronnie Belliard or Josh Willingham at first base? Belliard has started at first base for twenty-five games in his eleven year career with all, except four, of them coming from last year. Willingham has NEVER started at first base, however, played two games at first in 2006. Does not sound like a very good plan B to me. At least Anderson Hernandez has actually started at second base for most of his small number of starts.

Are the Nats writing Dmitri Young completely off? He has an awfully large salary for a minor leaguer.

Welcome back Jesus Colome.
The Nats signed a minor league deal with Colome on Thursday.

Nats also signed right-hander John Towers, 31, to a minor league contract. He has been around quite a while and spent the entire 2008 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Willingham, Shawn Hill and Scott Olsen formally filed for arbitration Thursday. I hope that these get worked out soon before hearings. Pay Zimmerman already for goodness sake! He is the face of the organization and very young with amazing untapped talent.

I am trying to stay positive and focus on the good things like the Nats Caravan and Nats Fest next week and we'll see which roller coaster comes next.