The Nationals Review Podcast Episode 15

January 17, 2013

Colm and Charlie are back to discuss what the Nationals have been up to during the offseason. Check us out hereĀ Nationals Review Episode 15

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Here are the topics we discuss.

  • Mike Morse/A.J. Cole trade
  • Rafael Soriano signing
  • Dan Haren signing
  • Denard Span signing
  • How good is this team now?
  • Pitchers and catchers reports!
  • Our HoF thoughts

Nats Get a CF and a Leadoff Hitter

November 29, 2012

Mike Rizzo struck late Thursday afternoon, pulling a big trade for a starting outfielder. No, it wasn’t Marlins-Toronto big, but it was big for this team, as they at the very least have solidified the outfield and their lineup could potentially be set for 2013. They received Twins center fielder Denard Span in exchange for their 22 year old fireballing prospect, Alex Meyer.

What They’re Getting

There is alot to like about Denard Span. He is a 28 year old center fielder, and over his last 3 seasons, he’s hit .271/.334/.376 – while it looks quite a bit lower, it’s actually pretty comparable to Michael Bourn when adjusting for league and park effects. It’s an OPS+ of 95, barely below Bourn’s OPS+ of 98 over the last three years. Of course, he’s only stolen 1/3 of the bases of Bourn, but Span is also a year younger than Bourn, and has shown more patience in the past. Between the switching leagues, moving to a better lineup and the youth, I have a feeling Span will hit better than that with the Nats (this is of course, just a feeling).

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