Good Morning Natstown 2/18/15

I have cabin fever and I'm losing my mind. I got out for a little bit today but I was home earlier than normal and had nothing to do but sit around and be bored. This snow thing has to end or at least people around here have to stop being so afraid of it.

Today was the first time in my life that that fear really affected me and rather than miss a workout when my gym was closed due to the weather I went to another gym, sat through their sales pitch, and then paid them $20 for a one day pass. The salesman was a jerk so I'll not be going back.

Oh yeah, baseball stuff. It's coming at some point this week and tonight The Citizens of Natstown annual comes out so watch Twitter and we'll include the link in this very post tomorrow morning. I'm certain as the week moves along there will be some sort of stories about something from Nats Spring Training or at least beat reporters complaining about Panera Bread.

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that MLB executives voted Max Scherzer the worst free agent signing and most outrageous contract. Long term big money deals for starting pitchers have a way of not working out and there wasn't one bigger or longer term this off-season, but also all these executives are staring down a loaded free agent starting pitcher class in 2016 and are going to have to hand out a similarly expensive deal if they want one.

Over at Sports Illustrated Cliff Corcoran gives us his NL East Spring Training preview. The biggest question for the Nats is will Jayson Werth be ready for Opening Day and the biggest position battle is for the closer's role.

The Nationals are the pre-season favorite, but that might not be a good thing writes Neil Greenberg at his Fancy Stats blog. To find the last time a pre-season favorite won it all one has to go all the way back to the darkened days of 2009. This does seem a little more like fancy hoodoo than fancy stats, but numbers don't lie and the Nats aren't a good bet (no favorite is).

Also at the Washington Post Chelsea Janes gives us her top five Spring Training story lines. Pitchers and catchers haven't even reported yet and I've read like 20 of these things and am certain I'll be reading 20 more.

Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports wonders if Scott Boras can work some magic for K-Rod and former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano. If the magic could make them ten years younger then they might get the big deal they're looking for but they'll probably both settle for incentive laden deals.

Until tomorrow Natstown...


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