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The Washington Nationals are looking to build on their successful 2012 campaign. All along, most analysts thought 2013 was the season in which the Nationals would breakout. However, they did so this past season, and they did so despite injuries. With players like Wilson Ramos and Drew Storen healthy, Washington can get even better.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com interviewed Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo and talked about a wide range of topics. Rizzo acknowledges the team could have used Strasburg in the postseason, but they were doing what was right for their young ace. The team can ill-afford catostrophic injuries like Strasburg's in 2010, but they also can't afford injuries to some of their other role players. Specifically, players like Ramos and Storen can help build upon the success the team saw in 2012.
"I don't want to make any prognostications until we see the players arrive in Florida. If we are healthy and don't have catastrophic injuries to Jayson Werth, Drew Storen, Wilson Ramos, I think we'll have a better, more consistent team," Rizzo said. "I think it will be one year older, one year more experienced, one year more mature. I think there is an opportunity to be better than we were last year."
Ramos, after a scary ordeal in Venezuela, suffered a torn right ACL in March. He underwent surgery and missed almost the entire season. Ramos played in just 25 games last season, but he played in 113 in 2011. Ramos is a career .269/.333/.432 hitter.
Drew Storen missed a lot of last season while recovering from elbow surgery. He was activated in July and pitched in just 37 games. He managed just four saves in limited opportunities, but he saved 43 games in 2011. The Nationals expect him to be 100% this upcoming year and he could slide back into his former role as the team's go-to closer.
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Adam LaRoche agrees to two-year, $24 Million deal with Nationals.
"It’s good to have it done, it really is." (Adam LaRoche, via Washington Post, 7/8/2012)
Michael Morse would beg to differ:
Indeed, Michael Morse has been reduced to trade-bait. He'll be missed.
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Source: #Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is in Puerto Rico tonight watching Javier Vazquez pitch.
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