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NATS CONTINUE WINTER MOVES

The Washington Nationals made a trade yesterday sending outfiedler Josh Willingham to the Oakland Athletics for right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown.

Rodriguez, 23 is a hard throwing relief pitcher with an average fastball velocity of 98.45 miles per hour.  He began the 2010 season with Sacremento-AAA and recorded 11-saves and a 1.69 ERA before be called up to Oakland in June.  With the A’s he was 1-0 with a 4.55 ERA in 29 appearances.  He is expected to compete for the Nationals closer position in spring training.

Brown, 25, was the A’s number one pick in the 2007 June draft out of Oklahoma State.  Last season he dominated AA-Midland batting .320 with 10 HR and 49 RBI in 90 games.  He was called up to AAA-Sacremento in July and appeared in 41 games and batted only .193 with 5 HR and 20 RBI.  An extra base machine Brown has over 170 in 390 minor league games.

It’s likely both players will compete for major league jobs – Rodriguez in the Nats bullpen and Brown as an extra outfielder.

 

Roster decisions coming for Nats & Chiefs

With one week until the start of the 2010 baseball season the Washington Nationals will need to decide who they will take north to DC in the next few days.

Here is our take on the competition:

Pitching:  John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Garrett Mock have been announced as three members of the rotation.  Craig Stamman has been very good this spring while Livian Hernandez has been okay as well.  the skinny:   Scott Olsen who is coming back from an injury pitches on Sunday. Stamman or Olsen could start in Syracuse or the Nats could release the veteran Hernandez.

Bullpen:  Matt Capps is the closer with Brian Bruney the 8th inning guy.  Sean Burnett, the lone lefty in the pen and Tyler Clippard will face lefties.  Miguel Batista works as a long man and sometime starter and Jason Bergmann has pitched will enough to provide innings.

Catching:  It’s Pudge Rordriquez and Will Nieves with Jesus Flores starting the season on the disabled list.

Infielders:  Adam Dunn plays !B, Adam Kennedy is at 2B, Ryan Zimmerman is the 3B.  Christain Guzman appears to have proven he can throw and will begin the season as the shortstop.  Alberto Gonzalez has hit well enough to be a capable back-up at three infield positions.  Mike Morse can play 3B, 1B and the outfield.

The skinny:  Ian Desmond returns to Syracuse to play everyday at shortstop.  Eric Bruntlett could stick as utility man.

Outfielders:  Josh Willingham is in LF, Nyger Morgan in CF, Willie Harris and Willy Taveras look to platoon RF, while Roger Bernadina has hit enough to provide the team with defense and speed off the bench.

The skinny:  Bernadina has a leg up on Justin Maxwell for the last spot on the roster.

That’s 24 names we see on the team.  The dilemma is do the Nats take 11 or 12 pitchers north.  A 12th pitcher Tyler Walker, who has pitched well lately could happen.  If not they need to add another infielder/outfielder.  Eric Bruntlett has played well all spring and can play both the infield and outfield. Justin Maxwell did not hit enough in spring but can run and is an excellent defensive player.  The skinny:  The Nats keep Bruntlett and option Walker and Maxwell to Syracuse.

If all this happens what’s in store for the Chiefs.  Check back with us a little later on for the Chiefs part of the puzzle.
 

Thank God it’s early!!!!

Spent the afternoon at Space Coast Stadium on Monday as the Nationals lost again 11-2 to the Florida Marlins.  Nats pitching has been giving up runs at an unbelievable pace – 64 runs in their first 50 innings of work.

Today, Scott Olsen made his first start of the spring and gave up three runs in the first inning and was hit hard and often giving up 7-hits in two innings of work.  Collin Balester pitched into the 5th inning but he too was torched for 4-runs and 7-hits before he gave way to lefty Jesse English.
The Nats tallied only six hits, and had solo home runs by Josh Willingham in the 2nd and Ryan Zimmerman in the 6th for their only runs.  Pete Orr played second base and made a fine defensive play in the first to save a run.
Tomorrow, the Nationals take on the Detroit Tigers at Space Coast Stadium as “The Franchise” Stephen Strasburg makes his spring debut,  The game will be televised on MLB Network – Channel 100 for you Time Warner Cable fans.
Chiefs radio voice Jason Benetti arrived in Viera today and is ready to provide interviews, and his take on spring training 2010.
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