Riggleman explains. --Adam Kilgore from washingtonpost.com
Another writer taking Riggleman to task for his decision and comments that, "no one has a set role*." --nationalsenquirer.com
*I am not so convinced that Burnett shouldn't be the closer next year. I am also not convinced that Storen's struggles aren't because he went from college to the minors to the AFL to spring training to the minors to the majors, and with a couple monthes off this winter he will be refreshed and ready to go next season.
More on the Nats and baseball after the jump.
Bernadina has proven he can be a useful major leaguer, but hasn't shown that he is an every day player. --Mark Zuckerman at csnwashington.com
It is never easy to evaluate talent, but it might be easier to do so in September than March. --Jim Riggleman video blog at masnsports.com
Bryce Harper and some other guys are busy in the instructional league, and a Flores sighting. --Mark Zuckerman at natsinsider.com
Monday's game was depressing and it made some Nats fans question if the organization had gone back to their old ways. --DangerNat at natsnq.com
Nationals' prospect testifies that some in the organization knew he wasn't the age he said he was. --Melissa Segura at si.com
Jose Rijo said he heard rumors, but there are rumors about everyone on the island. --Adam Kilgore from washingtonpost.com
Nationals reach two year deal with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn league. --Bill Ladson at nationals.com
With the Nationals struggling to draw a crowd it might be smart to give Harper a September call-up next season if he proves he is ready. --nationalreview.com
Just how much have the Nationals improved? Here is a quick test. Think of the holes last off-season; 2nd, short stop, catcher, right field, starting pitching, bullpen, and bench, and now this coming off-season; 1st (possibly), right field, center field, starting pitching (but not as bad), and bench (could take care of itself if they solve the right field and center field holes through trades or free agents). --Ben Goessling at masnsports.com
Around the NL East
Man arrested trying to blow up Frat Boy convention at Wrigley Field. --Aaron Gleeman at nbcsports.com
Rawlings is holding up the process of MLB introducing the Bat Glove as standard issue equipment, but it might not be for bad reasons. --Jeff Passan at yahoosports.com
Lazy and bad journalist watch out. Today is a one day only special appearance of the FJM crew at deadspin. --Daulerio at deadspin.com
I think last night the Nationals scored more runs with 2 outs in that one inning than they might have all season long. Maybe tonight they can build off that momentum and win these last couple against the Astros and find five games to win against the Mets, Braves, and Phillies to get to 70 wins on the year.