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08:17 AM ET 12.22 | With a roll call of robust offseason signings already in the rear view mirror, Washington GM Mike Rizzo pointed out that the Nationals are working on bench options. When are the Nats going to be allowed to be good? ... Bench options? Pine or oak? If you want to know why it's almost Christmas and the Nats haven't signed Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson, why they haven't bid on Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, why they haven't been within a zillion miles of C.J. Wilson, Jose Reyes or Prince Fielder, and especially why they haven't made a prospects-for-a-star trade such as the Reds for ace Mat Latos, it's probably because ownership is tensing up, tightening the leash again.

The Washington Post

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December 22, 2011  09:28 AM ET

after that Jason Werth signing its no surprise they're a little gun shy regarding free agents...

December 22, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Ah, Washington. First in war, first in peace, and last in the National League.

December 22, 2011  09:50 AM ET

I don't fault the Nats for the fact that they haven't dived after the big $$ FAs this year. But I do fault them for not addressing the glaring problems from last year: leadoff and CF.

December 22, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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Ah, Washington. First in war, first in peace, and last in the National League.

Really? Cleveland, put those stones back down. There's glass all around you.

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December 22, 2011  10:13 AM ET

Anyone bashing Boswell is probably not from DC. He has inside tracks with GM Rizzo and has generally been his mouthpiece at some points. The point of this article was that the Nats ownership are overvaluing unproven prospects, not realizing a new TV deal with MASN is going to net them 3x the current TV is bringing in, and that THIS is the time to start building a winner. Trade prospects with mid-level ceilings for proven 1/2/3 starters, and don't sit on your wallets after bringing in Werth last year, once you start down that road, you have to see it through. The Lerners (owners) are not baseball minded, which is partially why former President Stan Kasten quit, and why Rizzo is complaining to Boswell about their reluctance to allow him to pull the trigger on several of these FA signings and trades.

Yes, the Nats are on the right track, and they have a very good chance to contend this year if they get a pitcher and probably a CF, but in 2013 and 2014 they have a good chance to win in the playoffs, not just contend. This will only happen if the Nats ownership unleashes a few more dollars and allows Rizzo to really get what he publicly says he wanted all offseason.

December 22, 2011  10:16 AM ET

Also, that Nats were not last in the NL league last season. They were third--just like the Red Sox. It's going to be great when the Nats break into the national spotlight because no one has any idea about them aside from Strasburg/Harper and the Werth signing. You will realize you are mostly a bunch of misinformed Yankees fans who are still holding onto trends from 2006-2009 Nats teams.

December 22, 2011  10:46 AM ET

Imagine that......don't most Men sit on there wallet

December 22, 2011  10:58 AM ET

I didn't mean to single out Yankees Fans. Several misinformed Cleveland fans here too. Mostly American league fans who aren't on the east coast. The Yankees fans actually had good points about Oswalt, the rest probably just didn't read the entire article. This is one tiny section from a long winded Op/Ed piece in today's Washington Post. Nats twitterverse is dissecting it.

December 22, 2011  12:47 PM ET
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Also, that Nats were not last in the NL league last season. They were third--just like the Red Sox. It's going to be great when the Nats break into the national spotlight because no one has any idea about them aside from Strasburg/Harper and the Werth signing. You will realize you are mostly a bunch of misinformed Yankees fans who are still holding onto trends from 2006-2009 Nats teams.

nope but they where only a mere 8 games from the celler, .......go on young lad dream away

December 22, 2011  01:27 PM ET

This year the one asset they will have not on the do and on the field every day is Davey Johnson, he is a great communicator and has the ability to get maximum effort from younger players. That's Werth it's weight in gold, as Davey once said, if Mookie would only take more pitches and not swing but walk, he'd a been a 300 Hitter? This guy knows the game and is a great instructor. Look for The Nats to somehow contend for a Wild Card spot. There a much better team that's on paper!!!

December 22, 2011  01:31 PM ET

This year the one asset they will have not on the do and on the field every day is Davey Johnson, he is a great communicator and has the ability to get maximum effort from younger players. That's Werth it's weight in gold, as Davey once said, if Mookie would only take more pitches and not swing but walk, he'd a been a 300 Hitter? This guy knows the game and is a great instructor. Look for The Nats to somehow contend for a Wild Card spot. There a much better team that's on paper!!!

December 22, 2011  01:56 PM ET

Could be a First...

Sounds like folks down in Washington actually have expectations for the Nats this year.

December 22, 2011  05:21 PM ET

Psych!!! Rumor has it that the Nationals have traded four prospects (Cole, Norris, Peacock, and Milone) for Gio Gonzalez. That's not exactly sitting on your wallets.

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December 22, 2011  07:27 PM ET

I would have held on to Peacock. He had a fantastic season in Triple A and pitched well for the Nats in a September callup.

 
December 22, 2011  08:09 PM ET
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nope but they where only a mere 8 games from the celler, .......go on young lad dream away

Washington not getting the love from Ohio today.

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