The city of Washington hasn’t hosted a World Series game since 1933, and while the club didn’t have an MLB organization for 30+ years, this 2014 team may mark the best year for the franchise to win the World Series ever. It was only 4 years ago that this franchise was wallowing in below average baseball. The team then singed a big cheque to haul in Jayson Werth as Free Agent. A few years later, through a couple of key trades, coupled with other Free Agent pickups and the team’s offensive core maturing, the club has complete depth from 1 – 8 in the lineup
How All Of The Nationals Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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The Nationals came over to Washington from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to start the 2005 year. It took several last place finishes to stockpile draft picks, in order for this club to turn its fortunes around.
Aside from offensive lineup signing key Free Agents Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche in recent years, the club has been built within.
Some of the players like Wilson Ramos, Denard Span, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Lobaton were acquired from other teams with Draft Picks the Nats had already selected.
This team has been competitive since the beginning of the 2011 year, and made the franchise’s 1st playoff appearance in 2012, after a 31 Year absence.
Much will always be made about the Stephen Strasburg decision, and the only way to alleviate those causes and concerns – is for the team to win the World Series Title.
The ownership changed the culture of the team when he inked Werth to a 7 YR deal worth $126 MIL prior to the 2011 campaign. It shifted the 1 – 8 lineup with a new direction.
While the 1st year wasn’t kind to the former Phillies player, he has been an above average OF since, posting a near .300 Batting Average – with a high OBP and nice SLG% that falls within his career numbers.
The team has even withstood constant injuries to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman this season. to lead the NL East right now.
There is no question the teams best strength is their Pitching, however with the recent addition of Cabrera for this campaign, this team is solid from 1 – 8, and should have enough in its arsenal to contend for a championship right now.
Going the other way in some of these trades, there is no one that the brass should earmark as regretting trading, as Alex Meyer (MIN) may pose the biggest threat, yet he is still in the Minors while Span is contributing to Washington right now.
Just like Werth. the Nationals are receiving just the kind of production put forth they deemed necessary when pulling off the trade in 2012.
No matter how this season turns out, the majority of the roster will be returning, with maybe Danny Espinosa (possible non-tender candidate) and Asdrubal Cabrera (Free Agent) only leaving. and I would be surprised if the team buys out Adam LaRoche.
Look for the club to pick up the option on Span, move ZImmerman to LF, and look to sign another 2B this winter.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Adam LaRoche (34) 1B: January 7, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals November 1, 2012: Granted Free Agency.January 8, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. 2 YRs/$24 MIL + Mutual Option $15 MIL for 2015 or Buyout ($2 MIL).
Danny Espinosa (27) 2B: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Ian Desmond (27) SS: Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 3rd round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Ryan Zimmerman (29) 3B: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.
Bryce Harper (21) LF: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2010 amateur draft.
Jayson Werth (35) OF: December 5, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. The team made a statement with this signing. He is overpaid at 7 YRs/$126 MIL Deal.
Anthony Rendon (24) 2B/3B: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2011 amateur draft.
Tyler Moore (26) 1B/LF/PH: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 16th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Wilson Ramos (25) C: July 29, 2010: Traded by the Minnesota Twins with Joe Testa (minors) to the Washington Nationals for Matt Capps and cash.
Joe Testa (27) RP: Was Released by the club in the first week of 2013.
Matt Capps (29) RP: January 6, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.
Denard Span (30) OF: November 29, 2012: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Washington Nationals for Alex Meyer (minors).
Alex Meyer (24) P: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 1st round (23rd) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Jose Lobaton (29) C: February 13, 2014: Traded by the Tampa Bay Rays with Felipe Rivero (minors) and Drew Vettleson (minors) to the Washington Nationals for Nate Karns.
Felipe Rivero (22) P: Rivero is starting in rookie ball of the Gulf Coast League for the Nats organization in 2014.
Drew Vettleson (23) RF: This guy is playing in Harrisburg currently for the Nats (AA).
Nate Karns (26) P: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Kevin Frandsen (32) UT: March 26, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. 1 YR/$900K.
Nate McLouth (32) OF: December 12, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. 2 YRs/$10.75 Min, or $16.0 MIL for full 3 years if the club picks up 2016 Team Option.
Scott Hairston (34) UT: July 8, 2013: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with cash and player to be named to the Washington Nationals for Ivan Pineyro (minors) and player to be named.
Ivan Pineyro (22) P: Was signed as an International Free Agent in 2010.
Asdrubal Cabrera (28) 2B/SS: July 31, 2014: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with cash to the Washington Nationals for Zach Walters.
Zach Walters (24) PH/SS/3B: July 30, 2011: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Washington Nationals for Jason Marquis.
Jason Marquis (35) P: December 21, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. 2 YRs/$15 MIL.
Greg Dobbs (35) 1B/PH: May 12, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals. Is in Syracuse now.
Sandy Leon (25) C: Signed by the Washington Nationals as an amateur free agent in 2007.
Steven Souza (25) OF: June 7, 2007: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Asdrubal Cabrera was acquired for the services of Zach Wallters, who in turn was brought to Washington, when the club flipped Jason Marquis their way to Phoenix. Marquis had signed a 2 YRs/$15MIL deal prior to the 2010 campaign. and the asset may die with Asdrubal Cabrera after this year. however I like having the Infielder right now – instead of the RHP – who is out of the game recovering from injury. Cabrera, 28, has taken over 2B duties from Danny Espinosa, while (should have been 2014 ALL – Star) Anthony Rendon is at 3B – and leads the NL in runs.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
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