We are two days away from the Nats first Spring Training game and just like when we were moments from pitchers and catchers reporting the waters have drawn back. When players first reported to camp the reporters rushed them and got lots of interviews and reported every moment from every workout, but now those reports would just be more of the same. We've heard all we can hear from Bryce Harper and no one is interested in knowing what any other Nats player has to say. That isn't entirely true but it sure does feel that way.
Anyway when it comes down to Nats Spring Training there aren't very many position battles. The most interesting might be for the final bench spot and it sounds like the Nats want a left handed bat like they had with Chad Tracy in 2012, and that isn't Tyler Moore. Moore is out of options and likely out of luck with the 2015 Washington Nationals. Danny Espinosa is going to make the team because his defense is too much of an asset and the other bench spot up for grabs is going to Frandsen or Uggla who both happen to be right handed.
Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider details how Aaron Barrett hopes to have another shot at the seventh inning in a playoff game.
Lots of players come to Spring Training in great shape and Chelsea Janes' story from The Washington Post on Heath Bell's smoothies is no different. This one isn't all that interesting as lots of people have lost weight with shakes and smoothies. I mean all you have to do is have a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a sensible dinner.
Chris Johnson of MASNSports.com interviewed ESPN's Jon Kruk after they visited Nats camp over the weekend. A few interesting things in here. Mainly that the Nats rotation is good, Kruk would give the ball to Jordan Zimmermann in a deciding World Series game, and he thinks this is the year we see what Bryce Harper is all about.
Jayson Werth will stare into your soul.--Dan Steinberg, The DC Sports Bog
If you haven't already be sure to get your copy of the Washington Baseball Annual, Vol. III to get ready for the 2015 season!
Until tomorrow Natstown...