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Bring on the Washington Nationals

I would love to see this roster of 25 players who failed to make their American League teams this spring take on the Washington Nationals:

 

Matt Garza sp

Andrew Miller sp

Phillip Hughes sp

JP Howell sp

Scott Baker sp

 

Edinson Volquez 6sp

Frank Francisco closer

Manny Delcarmen rrp

Chad Orvella rrp

Boone Logan lrp

Craig Breslow lrp

Ron Flores lrp

 

Jeff Mathis c

Jeremy Brown c

 

Chris Shelton 1b

Justin Huber 1b-dh

Jorge Cantu 2b

Angel Berroa ss

Josh Fields 3b

Alexi Casilla ss-2b

 

Adam Lind of

Shin-Soo Choo of

Ryan Sweeney of

Jason Botts dh-of

Jeremy Reed of

 

Over the course of a season, I’d bet on my all-star rejects. The rotation has tremendous potential and could be better than many rotations by the end of the year. This outfield is deep and has the requisite star: Lind. The bullpen looks quite solid, although, lacks a knock-out closer.

 

These players who failed to make my AL all-star reject list would make a reasonable all-replacement level major league team – with a few who could get much better:

Starters:  Jeff Niemann, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Humberto Sanchez (DL), Jason Hammel, Hayden Penn, Cha Seung Baek, Brad Halsey, Isamael Ramirez

Relievers: Brandon League, Edward Mujica, Craig Hansen, Greg Jones, Seth McClung, Dustin McGowen, Marcus McBeth

Catcher: George Kottaras, Jeff Clement

Infielders: Wes Bankston, Ramon Santiago, Joaquin Arias (DL), Brandon Wood, Joel Guzman, Russ Adams, Kendry Morales

Outfielders: Billy Butler, Franklin Gutierrez, Joey Gathright, Adam Jones

John Carter