Nationals Offseason: Are They Making The Right Moves?

The Rays proved that a team can go from last place to the World Series in one year with young talent. The Nats may be just a few pieces short of that type of turn-around.

The Nats failed to land Teixiera and they just recently lost out on Milton Bradley to the Cubs. Honestly, I’m not that disappointed that they didn’t acquire either of these players. I liked the fact that Bowden was willing to offer Teixeira a huge contract. I think it shows that the Nationals are serious about turning things around at the major league level. At the same time, its a much bigger risk for a team like the Nats to take on rather than the Yankees. Overall, I think Teixiera may have been a good get for the Nats, but without him they have more money to go after other needs. Missing out on Bradley’s services doesn’t upset me at all. I don’t think he’s what the Nats need right now. I’m glad they are going to stick with Milledge and Dukes competing for the centerfield job.

Currently, they have decided to target Adam Dunn, Orlando Hudson, and Randy Wolf. Dunn could replace an injury prone Nick Johnson at first base and be the major-impact left-handed hitter that the Nats are seeking. I’m a little tired of Bowden’s Reds coming over to the Nats and fizzling, but Dunn has stayed healthy and hits bombs. Hudson is an All-Star fielder that would be the Nats lead-off if they can sign him. Both Dunn and Hudson would make an immediate impact and could be in the long-term goals, as well.
Randy Wolf in 2008
I like the fact that they seem to be planning on using the Teixeira money on pitching. I have mixed feelings on Randy Wolf being the guy. On one hand, I see an average 12-12 pitcher with a 4.30 ERA, but on the other hand I see an experienced lefty with many intangibles that could help the young starters. He also finished the year very strong for the Astros. The Nats do a nice job not overpaying average players and I think Randy Wolf could end up being a steal.

If they end up getting these guys their line-up could look like this:

2B Hudson
SS Guzman
3B Zimmerman
1B Dunn
RF Dukes
CF Milledge
LF Willingham
C Flores

SP Lannan
SP Wolf
SP Olsen
SP Cabrera
SP Balester/Zimmermann/Hill/Martis

I wouldn’t mind if the Nats took a stab at getting Sheets, Garland, or even returning Perez. A team at the bottom can afford to take risks at the right price.

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