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The Washington Nationals have used prospects from their highly-rated farm system to acquire talent, which has made some big tweaks to the top prospects lists from several organizations. Not to mention neither Stephen Strasburg nor Bryce Harper are on that list for the first time in four seasons.
Here are the Nationals' top 10 prospects according to Baseball America:
Anthony Rendon - 3B
Lucas Giolito - RHP
Brian Goodwin - OF
Matt Skole - 3B
Nathan Karns - RHP
Christian Garcia - RHP
Eury Perez - OF
Sammy Solis - LHP
Matt Purke - LHP
Zach Walters - SS
Just a few key points to point out about this list:
Third Base Firewall: Ryan Zimmerman has a hold on first base for the forseeable future, so both Rendon and Skole will have to find another way to make the Nationals' big league roster. This could involve moving Zimmerman to first base, but that seems unlikely at this point. Rendon is often discussed a...
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Unless Edwin Jackson is signed by a team he has already played with, he will be pitching for his eighth team in 2013. He is 29 years old. Switching teams is common for relief pitchers. But young starters who have made thirty or more starts for six straight seasons usually get to hang their hats somewhere for a little while. Durable and above replacement pitchers usually find a home...
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
Drew Storen has been the topic for many, many offseason conversations...
First baseman Adam LaRoche is a free agent at the moment and according to sources close to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, “the Orioles have legitimate interest in adding LaRoche.”
The problem is that by signing LaRoche, they'll lose their first-round pick in next year's draft, and as Connolly points out, that would go against GM Dan Duquette's plans of “rebuilding...
Free-agent lefty Tom Gorzelanny agreed to a two-year deal with the Brewers, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report. The deal is contingent on a physical, which is scheduled for Friday. Gorzelanny spent 2012 with the Washington Nationals, but was non-tendered by the team instead of offering arbitration. The 30-year-old could be used as a starter or reliever for the...
Danny Espinosa has always appeared to be able to grow a beard on a day’s notice. This is what happens when you give him two months (via CSN D.C.):
He should be full Brian Wilson by the time pitchers and catchers report.
In other Nats/ex-Nats news, the Cubs are giving Edwin Jackson 20 times what the Phillies gave John Lannan. Good for that MFer.
And so, while you're sitting around waiting for the end of the world on Friday, stunned that Scott Boras got Edwin Jackson 4 years and $52 million and Ted Lerner wasn't involved, and/or waiting for the Washington Nationals to sign Adam LaRoche, take comfort in the fact that Bryce Harper is waiting out the end of the world on vacation on a beach with his family and his girlfriend...
After having his 2011 season ruined by injury, Adam LaRoche had a nice comeback in 2012. He hit .271/.343/.510 (127 wRC+), including a career-high 33 home runs on the way to the postseason with Washington. The Nationals and LaRoche had a mutual option for 2013, but LaRoche turned down his side of it and opted for free agency as he entered his age-33 season.
LaRoche is reportedly...
The Chicago Cubs are closing in on four-year, $52 million deal with free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, according to an ESPN The Magazine report. Jackson, 29, went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 189 2/3 innings with the Washington Nationals in 2012, after signing a one-year, $11-million deal with them. The Nationals didn't make a qualifying offer, so they won't receive draft-pick...
The Brewers have signed LHP Tom Gorzelanny to a two-year deal, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reports. The deal is contingent on him passing a physical which is scheduled for Friday.
Gorzelanny became a free agent after the Nationals non-tendered him. Last season with the Nationals, Gorzelanny went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 45 games. He posted a 7.8 K/9 and has been used as...
If we were to sit down and create a list of the five most memorable baseball moments of the 21st century, the home run Albert Pujols hit off Brad Lidge in Game Three of the 2005 NLCS would be on it. It’s not even a question of if it would be on the list, but where. Baseball has a way of making your jaw drop — think David Freese, Aaron Boone, Bill Buckner — and that homer certainly...
Edwin Jackson is only 29 years old, but he’s already played for seven Major League Baseball franchises. While that may be a red flag to a lot of teams, the Chicago Cubs are about to give the right-hander a lot of money to join his eighth club.
CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports that Jackson has agreed to a four-year contract worth $52 million. The 29-year-old is coming off...
After failing to trade for Dan Haren of the Angels and failing to sign Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers, the Chicago Cubs finally have the veteran starting pitcher they've been craving: journeyman Edwin Jackson, who the team agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with on Thursday, substantially less than the $80 million that Sanchez got over five years from the Tigers.
Last winter, I was flummoxed at the league’s apparent lack of interest in Edwin Jackson. He’d just put up his third straight solid season at age 27, and had established himself as a durable, effective +3 to +4 win starter. Unfortunately, in that post, I made a pretty bad assumption:
Someone’s going to get a steal with Edwin Jackson, and given what he’s likely to do for...
(Editor's Note: This is the debut post but new contibutor Dakota Schmidt, who has written about sports for BehindTheBuckPass.com and DLeagueDigest.com, among others. -NM)
The rebuilding of the Brewers bullpen continued with the signing of left-handed reliever / spot starter Tom Gorzelanny to reported two-year deal that will pay around $6 million. The addition...
Patrick Mooney was first with the news, and the usual suspects seem to be in agreement, though we at Obstructed View reserve the right to retract any and all free agent signing stories up until opening day. The deal is 4 years, $52 million and does not include a no-trade clause, per Heyman.
Brief thoughts on the deal, in the context of the entire offseason:
The Cubs seem determined...