How All Of The Nationals Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree
How All Of The Nationals Hitters Were Acquired:
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The Nationals came over to Washington from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to start the 2005 year. It took several last place finishes to stockpile draft picks, in order for this club to turn its fortunes around.
This team has been competitive since the beginning of the 2011 year, and made the franchise’s 1st playoff appearance in 2012, after a 31 Year absence.
Much will always be made about the Stephen Strasburg decision, and the only way to alleviate those causes and concerns – is for the team to win the World Series Title.
The ownership changed the culture of the team when he inked Werth to a 7 YR deal worth $126 MIL prior to the 2011 campaign. It shifted the 1 – 8 lineup with a new direction.
While the 1st year wasn’t kind to the former Phillies player, he has been an above average OF since, posting a near .300 Batting Average – with a high OBP and nice SLG% that falls within his career numbers.
There is no question the teams best strength is their Pitching, however with the recent addition of Cabrera for this campaign, this team is solid from 1 – 8, and should have enough in its arsenal to contend for a championship right now.
Going the other way in some of these trades, there is no one that the brass should earmark as regretting trading, as Alex Meyer (MIN) may pose the biggest threat, yet he is still in the Minors while Span is contributing to Washington right now.
Just like Werth. the Nationals are receiving just the kind of production put forth they deemed necessary when pulling off the trade in 2012.
No matter how this season turns out, the majority of the roster will be returning, with maybe Danny Espinosa (possible non-tender candidate) and Asdrubal Cabrera (Free Agent) only leaving. and I would be surprised if the team buys out Adam LaRoche.
Look for the club to pick up the option on Span, move ZImmerman to LF, and look to sign another 2B this winter.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Adam LaRoche (34) 1B: January 7, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals November 1, 2012: Granted Free Agency.January 8, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. 2 YRs/$24 MIL + Mutual Option $15 MIL for 2015 or Buyout ($2 MIL).
Joe Testa (27) RP: Was Released by the club in the first week of 2013.
Felipe Rivero (22) P: Rivero is starting in rookie ball of the Gulf Coast League for the Nats organization in 2014.
Drew Vettleson (23) RF: This guy is playing in Harrisburg currently for the Nats (AA).
Ivan Pineyro (22) P: Was signed as an International Free Agent in 2010.
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