Offseason Plan: Washington Nationals

Today, we do the worst team in the MLB: the Washington Nationals. The Nats need to continue rebuilding. First off, they need to fire Jim Bowden. This is one of the worst GMs in the MLB. The Nats have a lot of money to spend, they were amoung the top contenders for Aaron Rowand and Torri Hunter. Cot’s Baseball Contracts says the Nationals payroll was 54 million in 2008. If they want to move that up, then spend heavily on the draft. They had a great draft in 2007, and all the picks besides Aaron Crow got paid a lot in 2009. Why didn’t they pay Crow, though. I wrote a pretty big entry on it here and still don’t understand it. After they get rid of Bowden, hire a decent GM that doesn’t make steals of trades, but usually doesn’t screw up. The Nats then have to take Stephen Strasburg with the #1 pick if they get it. He is an amazing talent and some have said the best prospect since Mark Prior. He is a Scott Boras client, so he’ll want a lot, but the Nats have to pay him. Also, take the best player avalable at #10 next year. They don’t have any trade chips, and shouldn’t sign any big-name free agents. The Nationals can have a quiet offseason, but they need to have a very loud April.

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