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Eh, the signing was an overpay as we no one thought he'd perform well enough to justify the money. However, within the context in which the contract was signed wasn't the consensus that the Nationals believed they needed to sign a big money FA at the time to show the other FAs that they were serious about contending in the short to medium term?
Wow, that excerpt reads like parody. With the team pretty much circling the drain, the timing sure is odd.
Do you really have to be brilliant to draft Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg if you have the chance?
The rotation is all-Rizzo
Signing Werth has worked out great so far.
#22 - Bowden has given 100% of the credit for the Zimmermann pick to Rizzo. In an ESPN article last year, Bowden described how Rizzo fought for that particular selection over internal objections. He won b/c Bowden trusted Rizzo more than anyone (including himself, apparently).
Since he had a contract running through 2014, and since the team just got pasted by the Tigers, announcing this extension seems ill-timed.
As for Rizzo, this might just be punishment instead of reward. I mean, he's now stuck with the Nationals team that he built after all.
He's been a solidly above-average hitter since they signed him. Even in his terrible first year he ended up roughly average. He's not blocking anyone, there's no salary cap, and he doesn't cause problems. Why should anyone care how much of Ted Lerner's money he's taking? What other player should the Nats have been putting in the outfield instead?
Davey Johnson might have been a good manager at one time but, lord, his post-game interviews make you think he's half comatose. I think he's already checked out. If he wasn't retiring, he would have been fired by now.
Of the players on last year’s team the entire season, seven were drafted by Rizzo, including outfielder Bryce Harper and right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
It did, at least, take a little bit of balls to draft those guys #1, since by doing so you were signing up for a knock-down, drag-out tussle with Scott Boras.
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