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Roster review: Michael Taylor

Oct 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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Age on Opening Day 2016: 25

How acquired: 6th round pick, 2009 draft

MLB service time: 1 year, 37 days

2015 salary+bonuses: $509,000

Contract status: Under team control in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2021

2015 stats: 138 G, 511 PA, 49 R, 108 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 63 RBI, 16 SB, 35 BB, 158 SO, .229 AVG, .282 OBP, .358 SLG, .640 OPS, 3 E, 12.4 UZR, 0.0 WAR

Quotable: “I can’t say enough about the kid. He’s been learning on the job. He’s matured a lot this year. Last year he had a great year in the minors and came up. This year he’s got a chance to play. It’s been good to see his development and see the type of player he can be. There have been a lot of good signs from him, not only this season but for the future and seasons ahead. He looks like a big leaguer to me.” — Jayson Werth on Michael Taylor

2015 analysis: Michael Taylor wasn’t supposed to play a major role for the Nationals in 2015. He wasn’t even supposed to reside on the big-league roster the entire season. But long-term injuries to Denard Span and Jayson Werth opened the door, and Taylor took advantage of the opportunity with an impressive (if erratic) rookie campaign.

The good: Taylor excelled in center field, making the extended loss of Span negligible from a defensive standpoint. He showed a real knack for putting together quality at-bats in big spots, hitting .317 with an .897 OPS with runners in scoring position. And he flashed an impressive power-speed combo, one of only nine players in the NL with at least 14 homers and 14 stolen bases.

The bad: True to his reputation, Taylor struck out a lot, 158 times in only 511 plate appearances. He didn’t show much patience at the plate, compiling a .282 on-base percentage. And he went through several prolonged slumps, leaving himself close to an automatic out at times.

2016 outlook: This season was all about finding out whether Taylor was ready to be the Nationals’ everyday center fielder in 2016. He may not have been perfect, but he sure seemed to answer that question in the affirmative.

Now, Taylor needs to refine the rough edges around his game. The biggest key: Consistency. He can’t let himself go through those long slumps. He also needs to learn how to cut down on his swing when the situation calls for it. He’s never going to be a high-contact hitter, but he can be better and more selective when needed.

The best way for the Nationals to think of Taylor might be not as Span’s replacement in the lineup, but as Ian Desmond’s replacement in the lineup. The two are similar types of hitters: Good power, good speed, big swingers. Taylor isn’t going to be this team’s leadoff hitter next year or beyond, but he could be quite a productive No. 6 hitter for some time.

  1. Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 13, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    I like MAT. However, I don’t think he is quiet ready to be the every day CF just yet. My hope is that Rizzo and co will sign another OF (who is a LHB) to start in CF or RF (Bryce goes to the other position), have Jayson in LG and MAT as the 4th OF.

    I think you pull Jayson for defensive purposes in some late game situations and put MAT in. I think you also give the OF (specifically Werth) ample rest and have MAT play 2 times a week. There will be plenty opportunity for him, imo.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM

      Quite* ugh, I need to wake up and I need an edit button.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

      Well, he does seem like a quite quiet young man, but with no quote-unquote “quit” in him.

      FWIW, I think he wasn’t ready to be in the Bigs this year, either, but he got ready a lot sooner than I thought he would. But yes, Taylor-Span-Harper was their best outfield last year.

      • infideljack - Oct 14, 2015 at 12:21 PM

        That required Werth to be on the DL. I think a denDekker, MAT, Harper would be our best OF next year, but we will not pay $21 million for a bench player.

    • sjm308 - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      How about every late game situation where we have the lead?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:31 AM

        Absolutely. I expect Jayson to come out… like him a lot and alll but he is a defensive liability. Age is creeping up.

  2. DaveB - Oct 13, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    I agree with Mrs b. While I think MAT has proven he can play at the MLB level, and may even take another step up next year, the fact is that there just aren’t many places where the NATs can add another impact bat, so I think it almost has to be an OFer. One option would be to bring back Span, so I think they will offer the QO (risk not that high if he takes it as he fills a lot of needs). Assuming he turns down the QO tho, I think they will still go out and get a big bat and let MAT be insurance for the inevitable injuries to Werth or Harp.

    • natsguy - Oct 13, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      Is Denard worth 15.8 million? Because if offered the QO he will take it. That’s a pretty hefty price for Span.

      • TimDz - Oct 13, 2015 at 8:52 AM

        I don’t think he will accept it….
        He can easily get a two or three year deal. While the AAV will not be 15.8 million, the money will be guaranteed and he can probably get three years at 12 per year…36 million versus a one year tender of 15.8 million (with no guarantee that he can get a better deal in 2017) is an easy choice, IMO.

      • jd - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

        Absoluteley he’s worth it.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM

        IF he’s not on the field, then no, neither Denard nor Span is worth $16MM, and one might well have reservations about his chances in that regard. Unfortunately, I don’t think the qualifying offer can carry those kinds of incentives, so they don’t pay so much if he misses time. OTOH, he was the one guy, besides Harper, this team’s offense keyed on. When he played and hit, they won way more often than when he didn’t. So there’s that.

        Somebody, someday, is going to accept a qualifying offer.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

        Agree that someday someone will, but I don’t think it’s going to be a Scott Boras client…and didn’t Mr. Span just switch to Mr. Boras?

      • Another_Sam - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        Sure he’s worth it, says me – a proven armchair GM.

      • sjm308 - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        If he does take it he will be the first and yes, if healthy he is worth it.

      • therealjohnc - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:23 PM

        Yes, Span is absolutely worth a QO. For one thing, at $15.8M a QO is worth a little bit over 2 WAR. Even with all the injuries and missed time last year Span put up 1.4 fWAR/0.8 bWAR in 61 games. And over the past four seasons, including the 61 game 2015 season, Span has put up 12.2 fWAR/11.8bWAR. Basically 3.18 WAR per season. So chances are good that he’s a solid value from the get-go.

        And there’s a saying that there’s no such thing as a one year overpay. Because as a one-off, a QO deal doesn’t commit the Nationals to all the age/decline years, they have no long term risk if Span has another concussion or other serious injury. So, although there’s every chance that Span is worth the $15.8M, if something goes wrong (and in baseball, something can always go wrong), the Nats just let him go. There’s no impact on the ability to sign other players to long term extensions.

        And if Span accepts, then MAT is the 4th OF and MdD is pencilled in as the 5th. That’s nice depth, and keeps Clint Robinson out of the OF except for here and there. Which is good. And if Span declines, the Nats have an extra comp pick – with the salary allocation that comes with it and gives them more flexibility in how they approach the draft.

      • infideljack - Oct 14, 2015 at 12:37 PM

        Span should not get a QO. He is injured and will not play more than half a season.
        We are already stuck with Werth and RZim’s contracts and both of them likely spend a lot of time on the DL.
        If Span accepted the QO we wouold be paying over $50 million for part time players.

  3. alexva6 - Oct 13, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    “The best way for the Nationals to think of Taylor might be not as Span’s replacement in the lineup, but as Ian Desmond’s replacement in the lineup”.

    Spot on Mark. Taylor will never be a high on base guy but his combination of power, speed and defense has value.

    Trea Turner will be Span’s replacement in the lineup and Desmond’s in the field. I would however work Turner into the lead off role slowly, I’d let Werth start the year there.

  4. JayB - Oct 13, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    sad words….let Werth start the year….anywhere but bench….I really think Rizzo and Lerners have one chance at this and they knew when they signed him the last few years were going to be a sunk cost….we are there now and they need to replace him with a big LH bat….let him sit.

  5. langleyclub - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    The Nats will (have to) sign a solid left-handed hitting OF. I think the plan will be to divide the at bats between MAT, the left-handed OF and with Werth, who inevitably will miss time in 2016 due to injury (Werth has missed 30+ games 3 of the last 4 years). Would guess that MAT will start everyday against LHP, and play some against RHP.

    BTW, I don’t think Taylor was the same after banging up his knee against the Padres in late August; he only hit one HR in 98 September/October PAs and only stole one base during that time period as well. Assume/hope that the Nats medical staff will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that he is 100% come Spring. There was some talk that his injury was similar to the one Harper suffered in LA when he banged the OF wall in Dodger stadium. For whatever reason, that injury lingered for far too long.

    • jd - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      langley,

      I agree with you. They should have put him on the DL. For what he was bringing to the table they could have used MdD.

      • JayB - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

        MW and Rizzo really sucked this year….not end to the examples

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      I screamed for weeks that he shouldnt be playing. And I referenced the Harper vs Wall fiasco. I was livid each and every time I saw MAT’s name in the line up.

    • infideljack - Oct 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      I think they should try denDekker in left .

  6. JayB - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    “Assume/hope that the Nats medical staff will take whatever steps are necessary” – Good One Langley…

    This issue is one of the top 3 for Nats this off season…They clearly have a problem with process and procedure with medical and training staff. Njack and others will try to say all teams have the exact same issues and Nats are no different then anyone….BS…Watch if you do nothing on the medical/training personal side yet again you will see things like we always do…..MAT will need surgery at the start of Spring Training….Zimm, and Rendon will come in out of shape and end up with Day to Day pulls that last into June…..there is a real track record here and Rizzo knows it and has acknowledged it even if his buddy Jack has not.

    • veejh - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:06 AM

      Didn’t Zimmerman say himself he doesn’t do ANYTHING until after the new year?

      • JayB - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

        Yes he has been very proud of saying that for many years….now is that working out for Ted Lerner and the Nats?

      • veejh - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM

        Being a professional athlete is 24/7 365 days a year, imho.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

        IIRC, Zim (via Svrluga) said he doesn’t do anything baseball-related during December, but he does work out (at Werth’s home gym, with a trainer.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

        Ooops. Meant to close that tag.

      • veejh - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:23 AM

        Sec 3…thanks for the clarification

  7. veejh - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    On a side note, the Dodgers sure are stinking up the joint. Gotta hand it to the Mets, they’re playing inspiring baseball.

  8. veejh - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    If Kershaw loses the series tonight for the Dodgers tonight, he’s gonna be labeled a choker in the playoffs. Bye, bye Mattingly.

  9. Whack-A-Mule - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    M.A.Taylor spent 2015 in the National League, in lieu of needed experience in the International League
    wherein he truly belonged.
    He proved to be adequate at the MLB level – agree with ” 0.0 ” WAR.

    Start in Center Field in 2016 ? God Forbid !
    He is the much-needed (in 2015, now in 2016) 4th outfielder to spell flagging and/or injured veterans.

    Nats sorely need a 3rd outfielder, ideally one defensively gifted enough to play Center Field, and
    offensively solid (i.e. not K-ing every 3.25 AB’s – no more prospects from the Ian Desmond School of Hitting).

    • kkpp3 - Oct 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      Alex Gordon? Move Harper to center. Werth/MAT share the other corner OF spot.

  10. Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    A few thoughts on the discussion above:

    1. Span will not get a Q.O. If he gets one, he’ll take it. In his current condition, he’s not going to get even a two year deal for that kind of money. Fister won’t get one either.

    2. With the expanded rosters, there’s no real reason to put anyone on the DL in September. But once the Nats weren’t going to make the playoffs (I’d argue that was clear after the disastrous Mets series), there was no reason to keep playing MAT. MdD did just fine.

    3. MAT had a really fine year under the circumstances. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him in the starting lineup on O.D. I do agree that it would be great to sign a solid LH outfielder and plan for MAT, Werth, and Mr.LHOF to rotate amongst CF and LF. Maybe if Werth doesn’t play every day he’ll (a) stay healthy; and (b) hit and field better.

    Yet another example of MW’s rigidity showed in his lineups. He wanted a starting eight, and let his top reserves atrophy. But lots of successful teams give ample starts to more than eight players. Look at the outfields (and infields for that matter) of Mets, Dodgers, Cards, and Cubs. The managers of those teams are all are platooning and rotating their starters, and all, therefore, have really dangerous bench players. There’s no reason to call Werth your starting LF and keep running him out there day after day no matter how poorly he plays.

    • ArVAFan - Oct 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

      What he said.

      I do think it will say a lot about what the Nats think of Span’s medical information if they don’t make him a QO. That would probably scare away some other possible offers–unless he’s willing to accept an incentive-laden contract based on him being on the field. And that could come from the Nats as much as anywhere else.

      And yes, can we get an upgrade on the medical staff, please?

    • infideljack - Oct 14, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      +1

  11. trfwans - Oct 13, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Reports of Denard Span’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. And he has hired Scott Boras to remind the baseball world of that. Thus the Nats will probably exercise the LaRoche gambit when handling him this offseason. Give him a QO, because no Boras client is going to accept. This will make Span less attractive to other teams that might want to sign him, because they will lose a draft pick. Then play hardball to get him back on a two year deal, max, worth $20M or so. (Unfortunately Span doesn’t have a ranch that Rizzo or the new manager can buy a side of beef from.) Then if Span does sign elsewhere they still get their draft pick.

    • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      You realize that LaRoche did not get a Q.O., right?

      I love it when there’s a disagreement that has a definite answer in the not too distant future. We’ll see, won’t we?

      • trfwans - Oct 13, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        LaRoche indeed did get a qualifying offer from the Nats after the 2012 season. He declined it and became a poster boy for having the draft pick albatross scaring other teams away from signing him. That’s why Rizzo was able to get him back for only two years late in the offseason. How soon we forget, eh? And oh, what was the reason the Nats didn’t want LaRoche for three years then? He had a bad back, just like Span does now.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:37 PM

        Oh right. I thought you meant in 2014. Yes, in 2012 he got one — after a season in which he batted .271/.343 /.510/.853 with 33 HRs. There was no way he was going to take the Q.O. with that kind of pedigree, and everyone knew it. Not quite the situation that Span is in today, numbers or healthwise.

        And by the way, the Q.O. in 2012 was $13.3 million, not $15.8 million. The Nats signed ALR for 2 years/$22 million, about a 17% discount on an annual basis. No way is Span going to get a year at $13 million or a 2 year/$ 26 million deal. Not in his current condition.

      • jd - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:17 PM

        Deuces,

        He did get a QO in 2012 but not in 2014.

      • trfwans - Oct 13, 2015 at 4:12 PM

        Whatever. You sure do seem anxious though to debunk any suggestion that the Nats might want to bring Span back or at least get a draft pick if they can’t. Not sure what’s up with that.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        Nothing’s up with it. I love Span and I wish he weren’t hurt. I wish he hadn’t been hurt for most of this year too. He’s an exciting player when he’s healthy. I just think $15.8 million is way too much to pay him next year, and I’m wholly unconviced by your analogy to the “LaRoche gambit” in 2012.

        If the team had done as well as we all (or most of us at least) hoped and expected, Rizzo might very well have made four QOs. That would have been extraordinary. Even two is unusual, and it’s pretty clear he’ll do that — for JZnn and Desi.

      • trfwans - Oct 13, 2015 at 6:34 PM

        You can’t deny that the opportunity is there to handle Span the same way they handled LaRoche in 2012. The key decision is do they want to keep the player? If they don’t, then of course they don’t make the QO. But if they do want to keep him, it becomes a best case/worst case evaluation. Best case, they get a player they want or a draft pick. Worst case, they get a player they want but have to overpay for him. It’s not a slam dunk that they wouldn’t overpay to get a player they want. They’ve done it several times in the past.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

        Sure the opportunity is there, but the Nats won’t do it. If they want the player but don’t want to overpay him, all they have to do is not make a Q.O. and then make a good offer. I’m sure Span and Boras will listen.

        I honestly don’t think they’d want to pay Span more than he made this year ($9 million). Maybe they offer him that plus incentives based on number of games played. He might take that and try to rebuild his value because right now, because of his health, I don’t think he’s getting the multi-year deal he hopes for. In that sense, he’s like ALR after 2012. ALR wanted three years and didn’t get it from anyone. So he settled for two with the Nats.

        But once again, we’ll see.

      • therealjohnc - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        As I noted up the thread, there’s no such thing as a one year overpay. It doesn’t affect the team’s ability to sign long term deals and if it becomes a salary crunch at some point you can still trade the player. Span’s not only likely worth the QO straight up, he meets a need if he stays (starting OF, LH bat).

        Yeah, Span only played 61 games last year. He still played very well while he was in. Year after year we find ourselves predicting doom for players based on the immediately finished season. We did it for Span after 2013, we did it for Werth after 2011, we did it for LaRoche twice (after 2011 and 2013). And were wrong each time. Span averaged 150 games a season for 2013 and 2014, and yet we assume that injured 61 game Span is the likely 2016?

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        Good points. Clearly the payroll in a particular year isn’t meaningless. Rizzo was apparently told he couldn’t add payroll at the deadline, right? So he had to go for Pap instead of other possible relievers.

        No, I’m not assuming it’s likely that Span will only play 61 games. But he just had hip surgery. Surely, you don’t think that concerns about his health are crazy.

        So we know that you think Rizzo should make a Q.O. to Span? Do you think he will, and will Span accept it if he does?

  12. langleyclub - Oct 13, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    If the QO amount is $15 million plus, there is zero chance that the Nats issue a QO to Span. I don’t care who Span’s agent is, if Span gets a $15 million QO, he is going to pounce. I like D Span, but he is on the down-side of his career, he will turn 32 before the season and is a massive injury risk. At best, Span is going to get a one year deal with a club option for year 2, and the annual salary will not be close to $15 million per year.

    Will say the fact that Span and Boras are aligned; does not make it slightly more likely that the Nats will be in the mix as no team has a better rapport with Boras than the Nats.

    • jd - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      I disagree with you on all points:

      1) Span was still excellent when he played in 2014.
      2) A 1 year deal is not a massive risk and $15 mil in today’s market requires a 3 WAR to be a break even proposition and if Span plays in the majority of the games he will exceed that easily.
      3) He won’t pounce on the deal. No one ever does. I guarantee you he can get a 2-3 year deal from someone at 10 – 12 mil per.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:43 PM

        if Span plays in the majority of the games he will exceed that easily

        That’s a pretty big if, given his health and what happened this year. Too big in my view, so I very much doubt he’ll get a Q.O. And if he gets it he’ll pounce on it. Besides, he was only a 4.0 WAR player in 2014 when he played in 147 games.

    • jd - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

      Furhermore I think they should make a QO to Fister as well.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:48 PM

        I am certain they won’t. Look at the pitchers who got Q.O.’s last year — Scherzer, Shields, Santana, Robertson. Fister didn’t even come close to that level of performance in his walk year. I’m not saying he can’t bounce back, though it’s still unclear what his problem was this year and what he can do to fix it, but the Nats shouldn’t pay him $15.8 million to find out.

      • sec112 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:48 PM

        I agree. Both Span and Fister will be able to get 2-3 year contracts at $10-12M/yr, and will take that rather than one year at $15.8M.

        For perspective – many on this board have been favorably inclined toward signing Gerardo Parra, whose WAR for the last three years is 1 – – – total. Span is around 7 despite missing most of this year. He’ll get a contract. I could provide similar examples of pitchers who compare unfavorably to Fister.

        I say all 4 get QOs (unless there is medical info that is not yet public). But we’ll find out soon!

      • sec112 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:50 PM

        To be clear – I agree with JD.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 3:05 PM

        I forgot to add another pitcher who got a Q.O. last year — Francisco Liriano. We’ve seen Liriano, we know Liriano. Doug Fister is no Francisco Liriano.

        It may very well be that both Fister and Liriano will get multi-year deals at $10-12 million per. I think that’s very debatable in Span’s case given his health. But that’s not the question. It’s whether they would take a $15.8 million qualifying offer. I believe both would, and Rizzo does not want them at that price.

      • sjm308 - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        I agree with jd here. I see no negatives to offering to both Fister and Span. If they take them its just one year and both have a great deal to prove. The fact that no one has taken one yet makes me think they will both pass but I still make the offer.

      • therealjohnc - Oct 13, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        I expect Zimmermann, Desmond and Span to get QO. I would be shocked if Fister got a QO. Absolutely shocked.

  13. nats2005 - Oct 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I agree that Span would definitely be worth it. Just look at the splits when he was in the lineup versus when he was out. His value to the team and the lineup was immeasurable.

    But I will say that back injuries are tricky and with someone who has had multiple back surgeries, I can tell you they can be debilitating. One thing is for sure, I don’t trust our medical staff to make the correct diagnosis.

    I have no idea what the QOs would be to our other FAs, but Zim and Span would be no brainers to me.

    I can’t see Fister or Desi though. Espi showed this year he deserves a chance playing every day and you have TT taking his spot on the bench.

    • sec112 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      Despite his frustrating style and poor year in 2015 relative to prior years, by most measures, Ian Desmond was in the top five most productive shortstops in all of baseball (just like with Ramos, we tend to focus on our guys not performing how we think they can and not to notice that most shortstops and catchers contribute very very little offense). He will get paid a lot of money for multiple years (though perhaps not as much as the Nats offered him last winter), and thus there is no risk to a QO.

      • Section 222 - Oct 13, 2015 at 3:21 PM

        No doubt Desi gets a Q.O. And no doubt he’ll sign a multi-year deal with someone else. Whether he gets as much as the Nats offered him last year will be the interesting thing to watch. Personally, I think someone will pony up that much or more. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  14. philipd763 - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    I’d much rather have a healthy Span in CF and batting lead off.

    • infideljack - Oct 14, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      The key word is healthy.

  15. langleyclub - Oct 13, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    The QO for any 2016 free agent is $15.8 million. It’s based upon on the annual salary of the top 125 players in the game (or in other words, the top 4 players on each of the 30 teams). Fister and Span are not getting QOs.

    We can revisit this issue when the QOs come out and when Fister and Span sign their contracts.

  16. phillygirl1807 - Oct 13, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    No reason why MAT can’t be “trade bait.” The Nats need a strong, left-handed hitting outfielder to protect Bryce in the lineup. They will need to make several trades during the off-season to get what they want. It’s one thing to wait for pitchers to develop. But also they need a more reliable catcher and a skillful and fast second baseman. They will need to trade some of their “young” players to reach these goals. At 26, MAT is not so “young,” but his big league experience will help some other team. The same can be said for Tyler Moore and (please, God) Drew Storen. I’m hoping Rizzo understands that the Nats weaknesses went far beyond the bullpen and the inexperienced manager.

    • kkpp3 - Oct 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      Left-handed hitting outfielder: Alex Gordon

      2011-2015 WAR: 6.6, 5.5, 3.7, 6.6, 2.8

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