In the past several months the Nationals have cut ties with a lot of players, either via trade or free agency. Many of these moves have come with great criticism from both the Natosphere and fans (READ: Dunn, Willingham, etc.). With one week remaining in Cactus/Grapefruit League action, lets take a look at how those players are faring with their new teams.
Willie Harris - 2010 Stats: .183/.291/.362 - 10 HR - 32 RBI - 0.0 WAR
The versatile player has found a resurgence in New York, after years of torturing them. His spring stats are very solid, and he has assured himself a spot on their team.
Spring Stats: .317/.440/.659 - 3 HR - 9 RBI
Josh Willingham - 2010 Stats: .268/.389/.459 - 16 HR - 56 RBI - 2.7 WAR
The Hammer was a fan favorite in Washington and I have no doubt that he will be much of the same in Oakland. The change in leagues should give him a boost, especially feasting off of Mariner's Pitching (minus King Felix, of course).
Spring Stats: .244/.327/.333 - 1 HR - 8 RBI
Joel Peralta - 2010 Stats: 2.00 ERA - 9.00 K/9 - 3.02 FIP - 0.7 WAR
Joel made a splash in the National's bullpen last year, providing a quality power arm. However, during the offseason he wanted to spring his 49 quality innings with the Nats into a 2-year deal, but Rizzo wouldn't have it. He signed with the Rays for a 2-year deal, and has pitched well enough to become their Closer. Hmm, I can't think if we need a closer or not...
Spring Stats: 8.0 IP - 3 H - 0 R - 0 ER - 2 BB - 9 K
Justin Maxwell - 2010 Stats: .144/.305/.288 - 3 HR - 12 RBI - 0.4 WAR
Maxwell has been hashed and re-hashed in this blog, and you know how I feel about him. That being said, he did provide more value last year than Willie Harris did, though with less versatility. He is only doing marginally better with the Yankees, but his value will come in the field for that team.
Spring Stats: .219/.359/.250 - 0 HR - 3 RBI - 11 K
Miguel Batista - 2010 Stats: 3.70 ERA - 4.76 FIP - 4.25 BB/9 - -0.3 WAR
Miss Iowa has made even more of a name for himself amongst Nats' fans, after his beanball antics this past week. Coming out the pen, his only job was to hit the first batter he faced, and be immediately ejected. Seems fitting. Lets see what his stats look like...
Spring Stats: 7.1 IP - 2.45 ERA - 8 H - 2 ER - 4 BB - 3 K
Wil Nieves - 2010 Stats: .203/.244/.310 - 3 HR - 16 RBI - -0.3 WAR
Wil played with the Nats for 3 years, but his legacy resides in a commercial by MASN where Super Mario talks about some hit he made once. Other than that, I just remember a lot of strikeouts. Not shocked he is gone, but we will always have Super Mario.
Spring Stats: .273/.333/.303 - 0 HR - 2 RBI - 3 BB - 7 K
Adam Dunn - 2010 Stats: .260/.356/.536 - 38 HR - 103 RBI - 199 K - 3.9 WAR
The Big Donkey was one of the most popular players in NatsTown in the past 2 years. And I'm sure that there are many who would love for Adam Dunn to still be rocking the Curly-W. But, he didn't fit into Rizzo's idea of a defense-first ballclub. So, after signing a huge 4-year deal with the White Sox, how is Dunn doing in his first year in the AL.
Spring Stats: .208/.311/.358 - 1 HR - 3 RBI - 8 BB - 22 K
Which, if any of these players do you still wish was in a Nats uni??? Sound off in the comments!