Davey Martinez has talked for the reason that 2022 season was winding down concerning the membership needing pitching depth and a bat or two on the roster, coming off a dreadful, 55-107 end to his fifth yr on the bench within the nation’s capital.
Washington’s supervisor talked concerning the membership’s plans for the offseason once more when he spoke with reporters on the 2022 Winter Conferences in early December in San Diego, CA, earlier than the Nationals signed pitcher Trevor Williams however after they’d added Jeimer Candelario, a switch-hitter with energy potential at third base, and brought flyers on outfielder Stone Garrett and a bunch of others this offseason.
Would one other bat, he was requested, most definitely match within the Nationals’ outfield, and sure in left, with Victor Robles and Lane Thomas prone to play plenty of heart and proper, respectively?
“I believe now we have sufficient transferring components we might do various things,” Martinez defined.
“I’d like a man that could possibly be versatile, if attainable. So we’ll see. We’re sort of weighing all of the choices of what we wish to do, whether or not it’s an outfielder or we might platoon with — one could possibly be Stone Garrett that we received from Arizona — that we sort of like the best way he swings the bat. Or it could possibly be an infielder that we discover on the market that we are able to get.”
Joey Meneses, he stated, would ideally play first base and DH on days he didn’t play the sphere, so a left-handed bat to platoon with Meneses (a right-handed batter, clearly) at first and play left area?
“If we might discover somebody who might presumably play first base and play some left area, that will be nice,” he stated.
Dominic “Dom” Smith, who reportedly signed a one-year deal in D.C. on Tuesday, after he was drafted by New York’s Mets within the 1st Spherical (eleventh) total in 2013, and labored his means as much as the majors by 2017, has cut up his time in NY’s lineup fairly evenly between first base (187 video games performed) and left area (182) in his profession, (with Pete Alonso at first base pushing him to the outfield).
Nationals are signing OF/1B Dominic Smith to a 1-year, $2 million deal, plus incentives, supply confirms. Was non-tendered by Mets in November after tough yr, however might wind up as Nats’ beginning LF (or DH or simply be left-handed a part of a platoon). @BNightengale reported first.
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Smith has struggled on the plate within the majors, with a .294/.361/.429 line in 679 video games and a couple of,895 in his minor league profession, however only a .246/.308/.424 line in 443 video games and 1,373 PAs within the huge leagues.
Smith, who earned $3.95M in 2022, and was projected to get a increase to round $4M for the 2023 marketing campaign, was DFA’d by the Mets in November, and now he joins their divisional rival in Washington, D.C. What do you make of the Nationals’ newest addition? The place do you suppose Smith matches within the Nats’ lineup?
Smith’s take care of the Nationals is reportedly for a assured $2M, with, in keeping with a report by Washington Post writer Andrew Golden, one other potential $2M in incentives.
Do you just like the signing? Nonetheless hoping there’s one other left fielder coming to D.C.?
Will Smith play predominantly at first base (as USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported), with Meneses in left?