Sep 12, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays shortstopYunel Escobar
(11) throws out Toronto Blue Jays second basemanRyan Goins
(not pictured) in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Nationals preparing for new right side of infield
The Nationals might have a new Opening Day starter in Max Scherzer, and the infield standing behind the right-hander figures to look plenty different as well.
With Spring Training less than a month away, Washington is set to move trade acquisition Yunel Escobar from shortstop to second base, and longtime third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to first. While both of these shifts are down the defensive spectrum — in other words, to easier spots — that doesn’t mean they don’t come with challenges.
For Mark DeRosa, who played all four infield positions and two outfield spots during a 16-year big league career, the transition from shortstop to second was the toughest he had to make. Read full article here.
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Projecting the Washington Nationals’ 2015 Opening Day Roster
From top to bottom, bullpen to backstop, Washington’s roster is built to win right now.
Through several smaller, calculated moves—and one very big play—general manager Mike Rizzo has put together one of the most complete squads in baseball—a unit that is now the favorite to win the World Series, according to Odds Shark.
But the beauty of the Nationals’ impressive roster is its resemblance to last year’s group. Aside from the very necessary trade that shored up second base with Yunel Escobar and the gargantuan pile of money that brought in Max Scherzer, Washington’s nucleus from a season ago features largely the same names. Read full article here.