A couple of months ago I predicted 75 wins. After a good Spring Training I now think they could win 85, but only if they keep the injuries down from 2015. Their weak bull-pen will let them down again. And Gio and Joe Ross will have mediocre seasons. They won’t make the playoffs and will finish behind the Mets and Marlins in the NL East.
I am wondering how many experienced MLB managers, such as Bud Black or Ron Gardenhire, would jump at the chance to be the Nats next manager. I’m thinking the search may be a tough-sell for Mike Rizzo and the Lerners.
I don’t see the Nats being winners for at least two years. I predict they are facing major problems re-constructing a viable contender given the looming departures, the fact that the bullpen needs at least FIVE new members, the shakey state of RZimm’s health, Werth’s declining skills, Escobar’s limited defensive skills and low interest in playing 2B, etc., etc. Even the rotation is not likely to be as good as it has been over the past 2-3 years. They will be lucky to win 75 games in 2016.
Given how poorly Rizzo has proven to be as a GM (with no prior managing experience, by the way), and the depleted roster, I would think twice about accepting the offer to be the Nats next manager, if I were an experienced hand such as the two I mentioned above.