July 8, 2011; Washington DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) waits during a pitching change in the game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

DoD Content Recap: February 19-25


The first full week of Spring Training has officially come to a close which means we’re one week closer to Opening Day. There are approximately 52 healthy players in camp at the moment but over the coming weeks we’ll see that total dwindled down to the best 25-man roster come April. By many accounts pitchers will start throwing live batting practice this afternoon and the first Grapefruit League games are slated for this coming weekend.

Negotiations surrounding a possible contract extension for Ryan Zimmerman were the center of our attention for much of the week, particularly Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The two sides seemed to grow increasingly closer to a deal despite repeated rumblings among the media that there was still a major road block in the way. If language regarding a no-trade clause is all that stands in the way of a deal, I’d feel comfortable stating that an agreement can ultimately be reached in order to keep Zimmerman in Washington for years to come.

Once again, with a new week beginning let’s recap our posts from the week that was, and a busy one it was. 18 posts in total from your DoD staff with at least one from each of our writers.

Sunday, 2/19/12

DoD Content Recap: February 12-18 (Aaron)

Jim Bowden’s National League Offseason Grades (Aaron)

Mike Cameron Abruptly Retires (Aaron)

Monday, 2/20/12

Early Expectations For Danny Espinosa (Andrew)

Nats Notes: Pitching, Atmosphere, Pitching, Harper, More Pitching (Aaron)

The Enigma That Is Ian Desmond (Stephen)

Tuesday, 2/21/12

This Could Be Washington’s Last Spring In Viera (Marty)

Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects (Aaron)

Wednesday, 2/22/12

Chris Marrero’s Recovery On Schedule (Aaron)

Mark DeRosa Could Have A Bigger Than Expected Role (Aaron)

Thursday, 2/23/12

Technical Difficulties (Aaron)

Ryan Zimmerman Is Better Than You Think He Is (Stephen)

Friday, 2/24/12

Thoughts On A Clippard For Bourjos Deal (Andrew)

Spring Training Rotation Plans (Aaron)

Latest On A Ryan Zimmerman Extension (Marty)

Saturday, 2/25/12

Stephen Strasburg’s Expected Innings Limit (Michael)

No Deal Announced As Zimmerman’s Deadline Passes (Marty)

Updating the Ryan Zimmerman Extension Situation (Aaron)

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