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Hot Stove Surprise: Jason Werth to Nats

Anyone else shocked that Werth and the Nationals agreed to a 7-year, $126 million deal? I'm not so shocked that the Nationals pursued him as much as I am that Werth would choose Washington. After losing Dunn, Washington will replace that bat with Werth's. Washington could be a very solid contender in a few years, with a future lineup that may look something like this:

OF Nyjer Morgan

SS Ian Desmond

3B Ryan Zimmerman

OF Bryce Harper

OF Jayson Werth

C Derek Norris

2B Danny Espinosa

1B Chris Marrero

Others: Josh Willingham, Michael Morse, Roger Bernadina, and Justin Maxwell in the fold in OF, Wilson Ramos C.

And a rotation that could like something like this:

Stephen Strasburg

Jordan Zimmerman

ummm...who knows after this lol...John Lannan, Sammy Solis, Yunesky Maya, A.J. Cole...they'll need to shore up this rotation in order to have a respectable 3 through 5 (assuming Strasburg becomes the ace people think he will once recover from TJ and Zimmerman lives up to his tools). Bullpen looks ok with Garrett Mock, Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen.

My original focus when creating this post was their potential lineup but felt a little analysis of their pitching was necessary to evaluate this team's future potential. I also think they might want to look elsewhere at 1B, as Marrero isn't the most exciting 1B prospect in the world to say the least.

Anyway, if they continue to develop their youngsters they could be at least be an interesting team in a few years. What are your thoughts?


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