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The Nationals will decide on their roster tomorrow

As Nationals-Red Sox begins, some quick notes:

*The Nationals will decide their final roster by tomorrow and announce it either before or after their game, Manager Jim Riggleman said. It sounded like the final decisions will be whether to carry 11 or 12 pitches and how that will affect Alberto Gonzalez, Eric Bruntlett and Mike Morse.

*Riggleman said the Nationals will not bump anybody off of the 40-man roster, meaning three players will need to be placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for non-roster invitees Livan Hernandez, Miguel Batista and Willy Taveras. Jesus Flores, Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler are all candidates.

*Reliever Rafael Martin, the former construction worker whom the Nationals signed out of the Mexican League, made his first trip with the big league team all spring. Martin will begin the year in Class AA Harrisburg and serve as Drew Storen's set-up man. With those two, Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa and others, that Harrisburg team is going to be some fun this year.

*Justin Maxwell made the trip as well. As the right field platoon takes shape, do not disregard Maxwell. Although he had a miserable spring and will not begin the season in the majors, he may well be apart of the position by year's end. "I certainly hope so," Riggleman said. "He's one of the best athletes in the organization. We feel like there's a lot of untapped potential there. There's a lot of home runs in that at-bat. Great athleticism running balls down. Stealing bases. I hope he makes a statement in Triple A that says he needs to be up here."

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 2, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
 
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Comments

Trade Maxwell for Swisher.

Posted by: periculum | April 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Adam Kilgore wrote...It sounded like the final decisions will be whether to carry 11 or 12 pitches and how that will affect Alberto Gonzalez, Eric Bruntlett and Mike Morse.
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Now you got me real confused since you had Alberto Gonzalez and Mike Morse as "locks" for the bench???????????? I thought Bernadina was the odd man out once the 5 man rotation was set in place and Bruntlett was going to be sent packing.

Can you update your post from 5 hours ago?

Starters
1. John Lannan
2. Jason Marquis
3. Craig Stammen
4. Livan Hernandez

Bullpen
1. Matt Capps
2. Brian Bruney
3. Sean Burnett
4. Tyler Clippard
5. Jason Bergmann
6. Miguel Batista
7. Tyler Walker

Lineup
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Willie Harris, RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Ian Desmond, SS

Bench
1. Willy Taveras, OF
2. Mike Morse, RF/LF/1B/3B
3. Alberto Gonzalez, IF
4. Cristian Guzman, IF/OF
5. Wil Nieves, C
6. Roger Bernadina, OF

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

periculum what a moronic suggestion! Like the Yankees would trade Swisher for Maxwell! I hate to say it but those kind of comments from you is what makes folks grumble over at Zuckerman's blog.

Posted by: Nataholic | April 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

periculum

I agree about Swisher. What about Desmond, Maxwell, Mock, Neives, and Olson to Tampa for Crawford and a prospect 2nd baseman. Then turn around and Show Crawford the money and lock him up. Draft Harper to play Right Crawford in center T Plush in Left. Espinosa comes up to play SS. Trade Willingham for pitching depth.

So next year you have
C Norris
1st Dunn
2nd ?? poss (Korbonus??)
SS Espinosa
3rd Zimmerman
RF Harper
CF Crawford
LF T Plush

Oh what am I thinking this is the Nats

Posted by: hansenjo | April 2, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

A fan offered a $3 miilion solution to Ladson (see below), but it looks like that level of huge expenditure will not fly with the Nats. Do the Nats have a minimum-wage option to get a respectable RF player going into the season? The Nats need a real bargain but, at the same time, someone who can play the position. I realize those are competing goals...

When are the Nationals going to sign Jermaine Dye?
-- Jerry J., Atlanta

Ladson: I've been getting a lot of e-mails from Nationals fans about Dye. It's pretty clear they want him in right field. To answer your question: No time soon. The only way Dye plays in Washington is if he brings his price down.

At this point, I'm not sure if the Nationals want to pay $3 million to a player who hasn't played any Spring Training games this year. Let's see how the platoon between Harris and Taveras works out before we start clamoring for Dye.

Posted by: EdDC | April 2, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

There is a rumor on the realgm board I moderate that the Brewers have discussed signing Dye, going with a Dye/Edmonds platoon in right, and shipping Corey Hart to the Nats.

According to Fox Sports...
http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=110&t=999573

Anything is better than Harris/Tavares...Hart could rebound from a subpar season well, and EVEN A SUBPAR SEASON FROM HIM IS BETTER THAN WHAT THE NATS HAVE RIGHT NOW BY FAR!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CJArlington | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course we could just sign Jermaine Dye. If he's could enough for Milwaukee he might be good enough here as a one year stopgap.

Ya think?

Posted by: CJArlington | April 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Of course we could just sign Jermaine Dye. If he's good enough for Milwaukee he might be good enough here as a one year stopgap.
Ya think? Posted by: CJArlington | April 2, 2010 3:39 PM |

CJA,

Wrong! Don't be silly. Milwaukee has a huge region compared to DC's region. Consequently, Milwaukee can afford a much larger payroll than the Nats can. Last year, the Brewer's payroll was 30.6% higher than Washington's. And that is solely because Milwaukee has a large, powerful, thriving region to draw from. So you have to understand why Milwaukee can afford to spend money, while Washington simply cannot.

Oh wait. I just looked it up. Milwaukee, the 39th largest region in the US, has a population of almost 1.6 million. The Washington region is 8th largest in the US , with a population of 5.5 million. Sorry, I missed that one. I have been trained by the Lerners to think we have a small market here. But there are some other reasons, I'm sure, why Washington cannot afford a MLB-level budget. I'll try to find out what those are, and report back later.

Posted by: EdDC | April 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL--stop, Ed, you're killing me...

Beers are alot cheaper up there, too...

Posted by: CJArlington | April 2, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Draft Harper to play right" NEXT YEAR????

He's 17 years old.

And that's just the MOST ridiculous part of that post, which is all completely ridiculous.

It's a shame the people who post here aren't any brighter.

Posted by: mw09 | April 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

These type of posts are so reminiscent of those hurled at Ted Leonsis when he dumped Jagr, Lange, Nylander et al and started all over again from square one. Yeah the Nats aren't coming from those faux heights but they're more than a couple of retreads away from being a team any major league market deserves. We've all suffered equally through this but the Rizzo regime hasn't had the reins long enough to be judged. And I'm not willing to throw the Lerners under the bus either just because they might not want to squander a couple of million extra bucks to field a marginally better team. Surely a RF'er better than what they're currently projecting in the lineup will show up somewhere, somehow. Does anyone really believe that the roster out of Viera will be the same as the one we'll be seeing once Strasburg takes the mound in D.C.?

Posted by: McKinley2 | April 2, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

And I'm not willing to throw the Lerners under the bus either just because they might not want to squander a couple of million extra bucks to field a marginally better team. Posted by: McKinley2 | April 2, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What about spending for a better future--not just this year but for years to come? Sign your top draft picks. Cut out the below-slot signability picks in drafts. Dip into the international market, even if the better young players are costly. Trade for young players even if they make decent salary (the Nats under the Lerners have never traded for anyone making average MLB salary or higher). Sign some FAs if they are young and if they can be turned into prospects in a trade or draft picks if they finish up with the Nats and sign elsewhere.

You have to be just a little alarmed by the excessively small budgets in all phases of the Nats' operations. This goes way beyond just trying to be respectable this season. The Nats' frugality is damaging severely their future as well.

By this time, the Nats should be well on their way. As it stands now, we are still near the bottom. Looking down in their farm system, you see lots of holes that, looking back at past decisions to save money, could have been filled by now.


Posted by: EdDC | April 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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