Greetings, Nats fans. Just wanted to call your attention to a couple things of interest as we draw closer to next week’s Winter Meetings:
—First, today is the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their free agents, in order to receive draft pick compensation for a Type A or Type B player. The Nats don’t have any Type A or Type B players, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be affected by today’s developments. Remember, Adam Dunn became a more viable option for the Nats last year when the Diamondbacks decided not to offer him arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors has a handy list of all the rated free agents, along with predictions about whether they’ll receive arbitration offers, here.
—One more link for you: Since most other teams have released their spring training schedules, you can head here to divine the Nats’ March slate before the team releases the official schedule. At first blush, it appears the continuing exodus of teams to the Cactus League and the Gulf Coast side of Florida has made the Nats’ schedule even more repetitive than in the past. Aside from a home-and-home with the Yankees, the Nats mostly play six teams: the Mets, the Marlins, the Cardinals, the Braves, the Tigers and the Astros. Then there’s an April 2 game with the Red Sox before the April 3 Red Sox-Nationals exhibition at Nationals Park, but I don’t know if the April 2 game is in Fort Myers or at Fenway.