Is Ben Zobrist a Future Nat?

Could be.  I’m hearing a lot of chatter on the rumor channels.  With the Rays picking up Asdrubal Cabrera today (Dec. 30), that would indicate they could decide to part with Zobrist and his much fatter contract.  Zobrist is the kind of quality second baseman the Nats have wanted.  He has WAR numbers that are up with league leaders (though I have not yet seen the exact numbers myself).  Zobrist can play several positions well in both the IF and OF, but second is possibly his best place to play!

I’m crossing my fingers that Mike Rizzo is going for broke on this!

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The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Plot Summary

The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball’s last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on “Bonanza”) created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the legendary Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball. Skeptics agreed it would never work. But Bing’s Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell – Bing’s son – as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of America’s beloved bubblegums – Big League Chew. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is as much about the independent spirit as it is about baseball. The Mavericks’ in your face attitude was contagious to fans, and during their short reign, they – and Bing Russell – basically held up their middle finger to the sports establishment and said we’re playing this game on our terms, not yours. They were the real life Bad News Bears. (Courtesy of IMDb)

Comments on the Souza Trade

The recent Stephen Souza trade was on balance a good one for the Nats.  I’m sorry to see him go, but he was not going to be a starter in 2015 for the Nats, so it’s good for him, and the Nats get Trea Turner, a shortstop with a bright future (though he is likely two years from getting to the Major Leagues).

What is interesting to me is how Mike Rizzo does a great job of keeping his wheeling and dealing out of the press!  I don’t think anyone saw this trade coming.  That is vintage Rizzo

Which Teams Have Improved Themselves so Far?

This has been a wild hot-stove season so far with trades galore.  And it is not over!  There are still some outstanding pitchers out there such as Scherzer and Hamels, and Justin and BJ Upton haven’t gone anywhere.  But some teams have made themselves a lot stronger, such as the following:  Blue Jays, Cubs, White Sox, Mariners, Padres, Astros and Marlins.

All the rumors about the Nats are a bit nerve-wracking.  But they are not talking to the media, so we fans are left to speculate:)

I Thought The Nats Were Looking for a Second Baseman!

That is what the team said.  But in the last 24 hours both Dee Gordon and Howie Kendrick have been traded, and NOT to the Nationals!  Both are second baseman who could certainly help the Nats.  Kendrick is going to the Dodgers (to replace Gordon) and Gordon is going to the Marlins.

I do know Mike Rizzo had been talking to the Angels about Kendrick.  I’m discouraged that the two teams could not put a deal together.  However Asdrubal Cabrera is still out there!