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After acquiring the speedy outfielder from the Blue Jays last offseason, Ben Revere had a disappointing campaign in which he hit .217 in only 103 games. While an oblique injury that he suffered on Opening Day could have been the biggest reason for his decline, he is no guarantee to have a bounce back season in 2017. With one more year left of control, will the Nats keep Revere on the team moving forward?
The Nats’ backup catcher jumped into the spotlight with a monster home run in Game 2 of the NLDS. With former starting backstop Wilson Ramos entering an uncertain free agent market after tearing his ACL in September, what will Jose Lobaton’s role be with the Nats in 2017?
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In addition to having a comeback year at the plate, Anthony Rendon provided solid defense at the hot corner. His eight errors were the fewest among all qualified third basemen in the Senior Circuit, but is it enough to take the award from the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado?
The 2016 season was a disappointing one for Bryce Harper, who won the NL MVP Award only a season ago. Nationals General Manager and President of Baseball Operations is not worried, however, and remains adamant that injuries were not the cause for his season-long slump.
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In a conference call with the team’s beat reporters, Rizzo stated that despite posting a career-worst .642 OPS this season, Ryan Zimmerman will remain the team’s starting first baseman moving forward. He also discussed Trea Turner and the deep free agent market of relievers the Nats will be exploring this offseason.
As a team, the Nationals posted a 3.51 ERA in 2016, good enough for the second best mark in all of baseball. While several members of the Nats’ rotation and bullpen are locked up for the next few years, there are a few key arms who have uncertain futures ahead.
DoD Spotlight: Farewell, Wilson Ramos
The Buffalo spent nearly seven seasons in the District, but his time in a Nationals uniform is likely up. Co-editor Ron Juckett bids farewell to Ramos, who is reportedly seeking at least a four-year deal despite his ACL tear.