It is well known that legendary manager Davey Johnson is retiring after this past season. Naturally one of the biggest things on the Washington Nationals radar is to find a good manager to replace Johnson. They should be able to do an admirable job of that considering all of the good names, both experienced and not that are on the market. However, they have a lot more do worry about than manager.
They have a decent offensive attack as it was presented in the month of September but that wasn’t the case all season long and will not be next season either. They need to cut ties with Adam Laroche at first base. They could then get the best out of the line-up by getting a new third baseman and moving Ryan Zimmerman over to first. If that worked out well they would still have a lot to worry about.
Their starting staff is respectable but not nearly as good as it seemed like it would be. David Price will be available and could be someone they could go after as they are rumored to be somewhat interested in the idea. If not him they will need someone or multiple pitchers to solidify and deepen the starting rotation.
From there the focus needs to go to the bullpen. They have a great closer potentially but the rest of the crew let them down this past season. Basically, they cannot go into 2014 expecting to play all season long the way they did in the season’s final month. That will not happen. They need to be deeper on the bench, starting rotation and the bullpen. If they do not improve in those areas it won’t matter who is managing them.