Why the Braves are in much better shape than the Nats

While I think the Nats have a better team in 2014, going forward they have major issues.

From The Washington Post:

(The Nats) have their core of players under contractual control, but not under defined contracts. They are at the mercy of the arbitration system. Aside from Ryan Zimmerman, they have not given out any contract extensions to homegrown players that have covered a player’s free-agent seasons.

The Lerners will soon have an inevitable choice. Either their payroll will skyrocket more than it already has and push past $150 million, or that young core will begin to break apart.

Jordan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond are among the Nats who will be free agents after the 2015 season — the same time Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Stephen Strasburg and Wilson Ramos enter their arbitration years. It doesn’t help the Nats that many of their young stars are represented by Scott Boras.

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5 Comments on Why the Braves are in much better shape than the Nats

  1. pepefreeus // March 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm //

    Not that I care to find out but I’d bet serious money that Harper sleeps in NY Yankee pajamas. He’ll be gone the second he’s able to get away.

  2. Some Other Mike // March 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm //

    Pepe, that _will_ appear on a sign at the Ted this year. LOL

  3. I wondered a few years ago when every other boras client became a national what their future would be. Now we know. Not that good.

  4. Harper’s favorite teams, according to an interview I read, are the Yankees and Cowboys. He grew up in Las Vegas. He’s also a big fan of the Ottoman Empire.

  5. Jack Straw // March 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm //

    Bryce Harper and Scott Boras. There’s a comforting combination.
    We are going to beat those clowns by 15 games. This year.

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