Spring Training is about to kickoff for the Washington Nationals. After last season, the Nationals have every reason in the world to expect success.
During the offseason, the Nationals made some big moves and acquired a few big name players.
The biggest signing of the offseason was pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez was acquired via trade with the Oakland A's last December. Adding Gonzalez creates a terrific trio with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman also in the rotation.
The pitching story line this spring will be at the fourth and fifth spot. Expect the early two front runners to be John Lannan and Chien-Ming Wang. Ross Detwiler could make a push to crack the rotation, as well.
The Nats also added infielder Mark DeRosa. DeRosa has and will play every position in the infield. At age 36, DeRosa brings a lot of experience to a young infield.
Two other players to watch are infielders Chris Marrero and Anthony Rendon. Both are young and battling to make the opening day roster.
One of the biggest story lines this spring is Bryce Harper. Harper has been putting in the effort in the offseason and now it is time to take that same mentality into Spring Training. Many have questioned his mental focus and that will be key to him having a successful spring. The Nationals could certainly use him and his cannon arm in center field.
The Nationals have all the pieces and now they just need to put them in place. Their first Spring Training game is next friday against the University of Georgetown baseball team.
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