I got called out on Twitter for saying I was excited about the Nationals this season on the BSR Podcast.  With an expanded Wild Card, I could see them not only finishing with their first winning season since arriving in D.C., but also squeezing themselves into the playoff race.

Davey Johnson said the 2012 Nationals have more potential that the 1984 Mets and sees his team making the postseason this year.

Whether they do or not, it’s certainly been an exciting club that Mike Rizzo has put together in Washington.  While things were relatively quiet this offseason for the Orioles, Rizzo acquired Gio Gonzalez, signed Edwin Jackson and Brad Lidge, extended Ryan Zimmerman’s contract and was front and center in the Prince Fielder negotiations.  You could argue that the biggest thing Baltimore did this offseason was get banned from Korea.

The Nationals have one missing piece heading into Opening Day, a center fielder.  Right now the Nats will likely rotate Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Jayson Werth in at centerfield, but according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, they still haven’t ruled out making a move before Opening Day.

“I think if we can answer our long-term question now, we’ll do so,” Rizzo told Kilgore. “We won’t make the change for a short-term answer.”

Among the candidates on their list of long-term possibilities is Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.  Rizzo and Washington have had internal discussions about making a move for Jones this offseason according to Kilgore.

Baltimore’s center fielder, and arguably their face of the franchise, is arbitration eligible after 2013 and becomes a free agent after the 2014 season.  I have argued that the O’s should re-sign Jones before the All-Star break this season and build around him, but so far there hasn’t been much news on that front.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that it would take at least a five-year deal to lock in Jones long-term.

If Washington did acquire Jones, I would expect them to sign him to a long-term deal after making the trade much like they did with Gio Gonzalez.

It would hurt to see Jones go to D.C.  He’s been my favorite player in Baltimore for the past  four seasons and has the most personality of anyone on that team.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and Host of the BSR Podcast.  You can follow him on Twitter @zamwi or send him an email: zach@baltimoresportsreport.com.

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  1. Is it just me…

    The Washington Post article talks about the Nats near constant search for a centerfielder. The Orioles HAVE one. The Orioles HAVE a decent catcher. The Orioles HAVE a decent SS (although injury prone). Why wouldn’t the Orioles look to FILL holes instead of creating new ones?

    I guess the argument is “Jones could reap you a bounty to fill those holes”…

    Or, they could all be busts and you end up with squat AND need a centerfielder like the Nats do.

    I have none, ZERO confidence in the Orioles ability t evaluate talent. They’ll trade away Jones and get some bums back in return that none of us will remember in 5 years.

  2. MGW

    Are you really asking why the Orioles do things that they do?

    In any event, Jones isn’t being traded in March.

    But you can be sure that he has very little interest in signing long term here unless the Orioles offer something that blows his doors off.

    • Nah, Mark, I really wasn’t asking. It was a rhetorical question.

      They don’t do anything that makes sense.

  3. As much as Angelos despises the Nats and the way they steal money from him (in his eyes), he’d personally cut that deal off from the top. There’s no way he helps add coin and take even more fans away from his trough, as odd it sounds to even type that given the way he’s run one of the most storied franchises into the dirt.

    • Angelos may not have a choice in two years………….you can bet , Adam can’t wait to get out of here,,,,,,,,,just like the other decent players , wait till Weiters next contract comes up after what Molina got , does anyone believe Angelos will offer him a competitive contract…….”no way jose”……….

      • Spy…”Decent” players who don’t care a LICK about winning RE-sign with the O’s after already experiencing the atmosphere…See, Roberts, B., and Markakis, N., as two easy examples…We’ll all get to see in a little bit if AJ is motivated by the $$$ or the Ring…

        • your examples were way over paid , look at Nicks stats and Brian knew he was finished , he took the Great one for millions, just like Nick,,,,,,,good for them………..

  4. MGW

    My question was rhetorical as well!


    The only person stealing money in the Angelos/Nats relationship is King pete. And the theft will go on forever.

    King Pete could care less about the trough. He gets his money from everyone who watches his games on TV. And from those who don’t watch but pay their monthly bills.

    It’s beyond disgusting.

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