The Washington Nationals today optioned catcher Jhonatan Solano, first baseman Tyler Moore and outfielder Bryce Harper to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, the Nationals re-assigned infielder Mark Teahen to minor-league camp.
The team also signed veteran Xavier Nady to a minor league deal after watching him workout in California. Nady has been hurt in recent seasons, but is a proven MLB player that can play multiple positions. The team will give him some time to get into baseball shape and will have him start the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
I’m a huge Harper fan and really wanted to see the kid make the club and head north after spring training was over, but I admit this is the right move to make. He’s not ready just yet, but I believe we’ll see him playing in D.C. sometime this season. In nine games this spring he hit .286 in 28 at bats with two walks and struck out 11 times. He started off hot, but then had to miss a week after getting hurt and I think it really hurt his chance to make the opening day roster.
The signing of Nady could be huge if everything falls into place and he’s able to stay healthy because the guy’s a proven hitter with some pop. He’s a .275 career hitter and being able to play spots in the infield as well as the outfield gives manager Davey Johnson lots of options.
What’s your take on these moves by the Nats? Do you think Bryce Harper will make it to D.C. during the 2012 season?