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Nationals Daily Evolutions 1/20/11

Soon you might be getting that cold beer on a hot summer afternoon faster than ever. --Dan Wetzel at

The Nationals' offense would be better if they had guys at the top of the order that could get on base, and it looks like in order for that to happen Nyjer is going to have to rebound. It would also be nice if Nyjer were to stay on base as well. --Ben Goessling at

Yesterday the Nationals added Todd Coffey and Jerry Hairston Jr. --Dave Nichols from

By adding Hairston, Coffey, and Gorzelanny the Nationals have created competition, and say what you will about the level of competition it is still better than Jerome Williams, Jason Simontacchi, and Tim Redding. --Adam Kilgore at

In some ways I am still convinced that RFK hid the many flaws of those early Nationals teams, but some people miss the old girl. --William Yoder from thenatsblog

With Harper, Strasburg, and the Werth contract people are finally going to be talking about the Nationals. --Thomas Boswell in The Washington Post

Wang will be ready for Spring Training and J.D. Martin released. --Bill Ladson at

Spring Training is the time for position battles and invitees to become darlings*. --Mac from 

*Buck Coats is already my favorite non-roster invitee. Also from watching the DWL can the Nationals trade for Ben Guezand get a Spanish announcer just to say his name.  

And after the smoke clears and the battles are over a 25 man roster will be formed. --Mark Zuckerman from

These lists never used to include Nationals' prospects names. First not one but two catchers in the top ten and now Danny Espinosa as a top second base prospect. Soon Ed McMahon will show up at my door. --Jonathan Mayo at

The Nationals don't have a set closer and that might not be such a bad thing as teams are having a harder and harder time keeping a lead for a closer to hold. --Colin Wyers at

Mother of former National, Alfonso Soriano, has unexpectedly passed away. --Enrique Rojas from

Around the NL East

The Mets have named Pelfrey their Opening Day starter. --Mike Puma at

General Baseball

The Twins and Pavano have finally come to terms. --Joe Christensen from