Nationals Daily Evolutions 2/15/11

WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 15: Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo (L) holds up a jersey as he introduces Jayson Werth #28 to the media on December 15 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Today is officially the day that pitchers and catchers report for the Nationals, but not many of them were in a waiting mood, and some position players showed up as well. Including team leaders Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth. --Ben Goessling from masnsports.com

Jayson Werth brought his beard with him. --Dan Steinberg in The D.C. Sports Bog

The complete history of Nationals facial hair. --DangerNat at natsnq.com

The Nationals remain in baseball Hell. I sure hope Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg can locate Michael's sword before it is too late. --Tom Verducci at si.com

Nyjer Morgan is ready to be a better man and a better baseball player. --Bill Ladson from nationals.com

Jesus Flores is ready to exist. --Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com

Harper's bat is expected to be good enough to play at any position, but if he can move to center field then... --nationalsarmrace.com  

If one were so inclined to not be in Viera then there is a strong possibility that Harper will still be around for the televised game on March 6 (link includes complete listings). --Ben Goessling from masnsports.com      

And if you want to watch Harper play against major leaguers then Viera is the place to be until the yet to be determined date of Harper's ascension. --Cliff Corcoran at si.com

Wang is still not healthy. --Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com

The wait is almost over to find out just how improved the defense is and how much it will help, as well as other storylines expected to start emerging as Spring Training progresses. --Mark Zuckerman from csnwashington.com

Just because a player is labeled a top prospect doesn't mean they are going to succeed. --Scott McKinney from royalsreview.com

Jayson Werth will be a fine player, but his contract doesn't make any sense. --Dave Cameron at fangraphs.com

JD Martin is engaged. --Cheryl Nichols

Love isn't just shared between two people. Humans are more than capable of loving things that can't reciprocate, and there are many reasons people can choose to love the teams they do. --Satchel Price at beyondtheboxscore.com

At this time of year there are plenty of players around that might not have an impact on the upcoming season, but that doesn't mean that guys like Elvin Ramirez, Henry Rodriguez, and Yunesky Maya shouldn't be on people's watch list as spring rolls along. --Adam Kilgore from washingtonpost.com

Longo and Zimmerman are pretty close right now, but Longoria will be the better player for the next decade. --Rob Neyer from sbnation.com

Collin Balester is ready to go. --Byron Kerr from masnsports.com

The worst defensive player to ever win a Gold Glove isn't the short stop you think it is. --Joe Posnanski at si.com  

         

 

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