District Daily: Nationals to use spring to gain comfort in new positions


Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:

Nats to use spring to gain comfort in new positions

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals enter Spring Training with high expectations, and for good reason: They have arguably the best pitching staff in baseball, and their offense isn’t too bad either.

The Nationals will have different players on the right side of the infield. Ryan Zimmerman, a third baseman by trade, will be the new first baseman. And Yunel Escobar, who played every day at shortstop for most of his career, will now be the everyday second baseman.

Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth will switch outfield positions. Werth will play left field, while Harper moves over to right. Health will also matter for this team. Last year, key players such as Harper, Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos missed a lot of time because of injuries. General manager Mike Rizzo is expecting the offense to be even better because those players are back to 100 percent. Read full article here.

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Washington Nationals: 5 Potential Breakout Candidates to Watch in Spring Training

(Danny Garrison, Bleacher Report)

The Washington Nationals have one of the most well-equipped farm systems in baseball, and every year around February and March it churns out a crop of players who turn big league spring training invites into coming out parties.

Washington’s collection of 40-man roster members and 20 non-roster invitees who make up the spring training guest list all have different motives to show out in Viera, Florida.

Aaron Barrett, for example, already has an Opening Day roster spot locked up. But spring training will be his chance to show teammates and coaches he’s recovered from October’s debacle in San Francisco. Read full article here.

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