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This is the most encouraging news for Washington baseball fans since 2005.
One of the main goals of 2011 was to find out if the young players just reaching the big leagues could be relied on going forward.
Answer in re Espinosa and Ramos Yes.
That's two up the middle players (which are the hardest to find) in the hands of players the Nats control for the next 5 years. Incredibly valuable.
Still need to decide if Desmond is the long term answer at SS and of course that gaping hole in CF. Based on what we've seen so far this offseason, it won't be easy to fill that hole. Just don't panic and do something stupid Mike.
At least it may be possible to go back to the Twins well now that the GM who gave us Ramos for Capps is gone.
An exercise for me. What questions do I believe remain for 2012.
1) CF -- who will play there?
2) Starting pitching -- How many IP can Strasburg stand? Who's the 5th guy? Can we count on Lannan and Wang? Will Yu get posted and will the Nats take a run at him? (I know my answer and I know their answer but I can hope)
3) LOOGY -- don't have one. I am sure Davey J. loves matching up in the late innings and really wants a lefty killer.
4) Bench -- the Matt Stairs experiment failed. Who will fill the Terry Crowley role in 2012? (Sit on his A$$ for 8 innings enjoy the ballgame like any fan and come up in the 9th and knock one out)
5) Zimmerman long term. If the Lerner's aren't spooked by Matt Kemp's new contract, they should be. Zim's going to command a premium going forward and unless you want to be in the Prince Fielder situation the sooner a decision is made the better.