FantasyTeamAdvice wrote:I think the Nats could compete for the NL East is 1 or 2 years, but in that ballpark, might not have the greatest offense.
Go with Reds, Red Sox, Rangers, or Angels first, then Nats
Why the Reds? Votto is only locked up for two seasons, Arroyo is expensive and not that good, Phillips is possibly on his way somewhere soon, Bruce is a beast and Cueto is nice though without Ks, Latos was a nice addition as was Madson but for only one year, Stubbs is young with star potential, Bailey and Chapman's buzz is gone and future is dim, Todd Frazier and Juan Francisco are interesting bats, Cozart and Mesoraco still seem like stud prospects, Neftali Soto and Billy Hamilton could be sweet additions at some point in the near future, but in the end they are a FAR CRY from the other teams mentioned. That rotation is barely good and not anything remotely close to the Braves on the farm. The bats are good, maybe even fringe really good, but for how long and not a whole lot that is absolutely monster star quality (think Stanton). If all goes right, Phillips gets extended, and Hamilton - Phillips- Votto - Bruce - Soto - Stubbs workout then their is a solid long-term lineup. In the end though, even with the stars aligning this team needs some serious breaks. I think they are going all in and hoping this is the year which means the future has been compromised and the franchise will be hurting in the near future.
"Nobody’s going to ask about the Nats being the No. 1 farm system in major league baseball," wondered Rizzo about his organization being ranked first by Baseball America. "You disappointed me." -Mike Rizzo