Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister. Take a moment and let that sink in. Got it? No? Okay, take another second.
The Washington Nationals traded for Fister and didn’t have to give up Denard Span. There was even a thought that Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen could be part of the trade, but no. The best rotation in baseball is now in the nation’s capital. Whether Ross Detwiler is the fifth starter or not, that top four is scary good.
Last year, the Nationals were one of the favorites to win the World Series. However, they would proved wrong by missing the playoffs entirely. Washington made a late push at the end of the season, but it was far to late to catch the Atlanta Braves. Now they’re at it again, making themselves the talk of the NL.
What Washington may have is the most complete team in baseball. Span has been the subject of many rumors, but it now looks like he will be staying put. The offense didn’t live up to expectations last year, but it’s a talented group. The bullpen is headed with three closer-type pitchers.
The expectations in Washington should be sky-high. Competing for the division with the Braves should be no problem, especially when the rest of the division is below average. The Nationals just have to hope that their new manager, Matt Williams, is the right man for the job. When a team has a lot of big-time players someone needs to manage the personalities.
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