Author Topic: Report: Wieters Nearing Deal with Nats  (Read 12913 times)

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Offline Elvir Ovcina

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Re: Report: Wieters Nearing Deal with Nats
« Reply #200: February 27, 2017, 07:54:00 AM »
Unless we rock a six man 'pen. Considering how hard it is to name seven viable relievers, I don't hate this plan.

Bench:

Norris
Lobatón
Heisey
Lind
Drew
Taylor or Goodwin

Bullpen:

Kelley
Treinen
Glover
Gott
Pérez
Solis

Having Lind or Zimmerman come off the bench every day as platoon PHes or substitutions, and having Wieters or Norris as well means not being stuck for matchups late and close. More guys who can double-switch means Solis, Pérez, and Treinen are more likely to be able to grab that extra out or two, going 1.1 or 1.2 sometimes. 3 of our starters go 7 all the time. It's not the worst plan.

I think there's virtually zero chance that both Norris and Lobaton are still around on Opening Day.  With Severino as an acceptable AAA/#3, one of them - probably Norris - will get traded for a bucket of baseballs to somebody who has a catcher get hurt during ST or has a pile of terrible options back there.  If Norris hits even a little in ST, that would help move him.  Besides, with Ramos gone, Lobaton needs to be around to make the 45-year-old federal fatties in the crowd feel good about their footspeed.