Nationals Notes: Johnson, LaRoche, Second Base

Some links pertaining to the reigning National League East champions…

  • The Nats and manager Davey Johnson continue to work toward a new contract for 2013, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Johnson is under contract through 2014 as a special advisor to the team, and his contract language and salary need to be reworked if he is to manage once again.
  • Johnson tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that he wants to manage again in 2013, and GM Mike Rizzo says he wants Johnson back in the position as well.
  • The team is not close to a new contract with Adam LaRoche, writes's Bill Ladson. There is still mutual interest from both parties. The Nats made a qualifying offer to LaRoche, and he has until Friday to decline it. That outcome, of course, is all but a foregone conclusion. If the team fails to sign LaRoche, Michael Morse will likely man the position next season.
  • In that same piece, Ladson also notes that the team views Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Steve Lombardozzi all as starting middle infielders. That evidence is supported by the fact that Ladson's source tells him the team is still in pursuit of a backup middle infielder despite the trio's presence. It seems implied that one of the three could be on the trading block this offseason, though that's just my speculation.
  • Lastly in his piece, Ladson notes that the Nats re-signed minor league outfielders Chris Rahl and Jimmy Van Ostrand to minor league contracts. Rahl, 28, hit .291/.339/.467 in 92 games for Double-A Harrisburg. Van Ostrand, 27, batted .310/.370/.465 in 80 games for Harrisburg after being picked up from the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters.

7 Responses to Nationals Notes: Johnson, LaRoche, Second Base Leave a Reply

  1. JaysFan1996 3 years ago

    Sugar Land Skeeters!!

  2. KnowTheNats 3 years ago

    Morse for Shields, Moore/Lambordozzi in left until Goodwin is ready to man Center

    • Natsfan89 3 years ago

      Lombardozzi shouldn’t play left unless absolutely necessary. His arm is worse than Morse’s is.

      • KnowTheNats 3 years ago

        Against tough righties, with Moore playing the majority of time until Goodwin is ready. When Goodwin gets the call it would be Werth in left, Goodwin in center, Harper in right

    • Trade looks solid to me. We may have to add another mid level B- prospect perhaps though. Not sure.

  3. Donny Holmes 3 years ago

    Trade Ian Demsond while his value is SKY HIGH!

  4. @NotRizzo 3 years ago

    These are the Ladson-isms that drive Nats fans nuts, someone says Lombo and Espi are both “Starting Middle Infielders” and that they are looking for a backup MI and he puts those two together….truth is that part 1 is a compliment to Lombo and part 2 is obvious since they’ll need a replacement for DeRosa.

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