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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.

Starting Pitching Free Agent Market

The hitters market isn’t that good, but now we get to the best part, the pitching. I labled the starters with what kind of starter I think they are. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, C5, (Which means competing for the 5th spot) and DL. (Which means they are returning from the DL, or an injury)

 

Free Agents

  • 1. CC Sabathia
  • 1. Ben Sheets
  • 1. John Lackey (9 million club option with a 0.5 million buyout)
  • 2. Ryan Dempster
  • 2. Mike Mussina
  • 2. Derek Lowe
  • 2. AJ Burnett (Can opt out)
  • 3. Oliver Perez
  • 3. Jon Garland
  • 3. Kyle Lohse
  • 3. Tim Wakefield (4 million club option)
  • 3. Greg Maddux
  • 3. Andy Pettitte
  • 3. Randy Johnson
  • 3. Brad Penny (8.75 million club option with a 2 million buy out)
  • 4. Jamie Moyer
  • 4. Braden Looper
  • 4. Odalis Perez
  • 4. Kenny Rogers
  • 4. Tom Glavine
  • 4. Randy Wolf
  • 5. Paul Byrd
  • 5. Jon Lieber
  • 5. Livan Hernandez
  • C5. Mark Hendrickson
  • C5. Brett Tomko
  • C5. Josh Fogg
  • C5. Kip Wells
  • C5. Tony Armas Jr.
  • DL. John Smoltz (12 million club option)
  • DL. Roger Clemens
  • DL. Freddy Garcia
  • DL. Curt Schilling
  • DL. Pedro Martinez
  • DL. Jason Jennings
  • DL. Mark Mulder (11 million club option with a 1.5 million buyout)
  • DL. Orlando Hernandez
  • DL. Mark Prior
  • DL. Esteban Loaiza
  • DL. Carl Pavano (13 million club option with a 1.95 million buyout)
  • DL. Mike Hampton
  • DL. Matt Clement
  • DL. Kris Benson

Teams in Need

  • Mets
  • Yankees
  • Dodgers (get 2)
  • Braves
  • Blue Jays
  • Astros (get 2)
  • Rangers
  • Brewers
  • Phillies
  • Red Sox (Only for a #1)
  • Tigers
  • Indians
  • Nationals
  • Padres
  • Rockies
  • D’Backs
  • Royals
  • Cardinals
  • Orioles
  • Pirates