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So Lind is in.

 

Down to MAT - Difo. 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, STBonecrusher21 said:

So Lind is in.

 

Down to MAT - Difo. 

Offesnively, Difo

Defensively, MAT

 

MAT has such a high power upside, it's hard to leave him off the club. He can play all 3 OF spots, and has the speed required to PR. He just strikes out WAY too much to have play a prominent role.  Difo is a good depth IF trying to learn OF, with speed, good contact swing, and no fear. Just not sure there is enough time to go around for Difo (Rendon-Turner-Murphy-Zimm with Drew and Lind off the bench).  I don't like playing big, lumbering guys in the OF (like Lind and Robinson). 

 

I think I keep MAT with a thought to go to Difo for a postseason series, dependent on matchup.

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I think MAT is a lot more valuable than Difo for this team.  That has nothing to do with the two of them, really, but more about the rest of the roster.  Difo is mainly a backup infielder.  I don't see our starting infielders (Rendon, Trea, Murph) taking many days off.  They are all fairly young and are key members of the lineup.  When they do get hurt or need a rest, Drew steps in.  Zimm is a bit of an unknown, but Lind is his backup.  The OFs are set, but I see Werth as seriously getting older and thinking that he'll benefit from fairly frequent days off.  Lind is limited defensively in the OF.  Heisey is more of a pure PH.   I see MAT getting a lot more playing time than Difo, assuming starters stay healthy.  

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Give me Michael A. OF versatility, base stealing ability (if he can actually get on base)

 

If your talking a spot start or a DL stint, I think he can give you more than Difo

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Taylor v. Difo--I go with Difo. Let Taylor get every-day ABs in AAA. He went 0-10 as a PH last year. I don't think he's a very useful bench player. Maybe he can recoup some value and we can get some dip**** GM to give up something useful for him.

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I am sorry to see Clint Robinson go, just from the human perspective of it.  What a great story of perseverance. He bounced around for years in the minors, hitting well everywhere he went, and finally made the Nats' big league roster in 2015 as a non-roster invitee... a fricking 30 year old rookie, which means - after years of earning minimum wage as a minor leaguer, finally saw big league money ($525,000 in '15, $545,000 last year) just as he and his wife had a baby.. 

 

With Ryan Zimmerman hurt much of that season he did well as a fill-in, .272/.258/.424 with 10 homers and 15 doubles.  But he slipped last year in a more limited role, and with Adam Lind signed, this spring training became in reality one long audition for him to catch on somewhere else.

 

I had a chance to talk to him briefly in West Palm and he seemed like a down-to-earth, decent guy.  He was clearly liked in the locker room, as this article from the Post's Chelsea Janes reflects:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2017/03/28/its-tough-clint-robinson-bids-farewell-as-nationals-place-him-on-waivers/

 

Edited by Dan T.
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seems like he has the arm to stick there, which was always the bigger question mark about him at short

 

just another reason to proclaim my love for Trea Turner

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21 hours ago, STBonecrusher21 said:
 

Leather chairs in july? Ummmm. 

 

Dark leather chairs... those seats will be lava hot during July day games.

 

But on a cloudy day... sweet seats.  Look at the personal TV screen right in front of your chair.

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