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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Ian Desmond
Free agency shouldn't be the primary means of building a team. "From within" is the term teams across all sports use. You draft and develop your own players and that should be the priority. But the right free agent or two added to that core group, along with a trade or two, can make the difference.
Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the spring, leading the Nationals against the Cardinals in Viera. Join the conversation on Nats Insider!
For now, Ian Desmond hopes to make the most of the next two seasons in Washington. He is not guaranteed any more than that after signing a two-year extension in January worth $17.5 million. Unless he signs a long-term deal with the club, Desmond can hit free agency and the lucrative open market after the 2015 season.
As we do every year at CSNwashington.com, here is a look at the fantasy value of the Nationals' most prevalent players and where you should target them in your respective leagues.
Gio Gonzalez pitched one-hit ball for two innings in his spring training debut, Ian Desmond homered for the second straight day and the Washington Nationals roughed up a New York Mets split squad 11-5 Wednesday.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said he has been pleased with the way Desmond has been working to drive the ball to the opposite field this spring. His home run went to right-center.
The Nationals already have stolen eight bases in five spring training games. Get ready for more of that under new manager Matt Williams.
Stephen Strasburg pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut for Washington, but Phil Gosselin took advantage of Nationals rookie manager Matt Williams' unusual defensive shift in the eighth inning to give the Atlanta Braves an 8-4 victory Tuesday.
Coming off October surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, he allowed one hit and needed only 15 pitches, 11 of them strikes, in his two innings. Justin Upton singled with one out in the second inning, but was erased on a double play.
Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the first time this spring as the Nationals face the Braves at Disney World. Join the conversation on Nats Insider!
Strasburg, coming off October surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, allowed one hit and needed only 15 pitches — 11 strikes. Justin Upton singled with one out in the second inning, but was erased on a double play.
Danny Espinosa discusses the playing time he's getting at shortstop this spring, plus his attempt to start hitting the ball to the opposite field more.
Matt Williams and his Nationals will take the bus today from Viera to Port St. Lucie, eager to open Grapefruit League play against the Mets.
Today the Nats kick off their spring training schedule with a game at the New York Mets.
Ian Desmond took a longer path than most in establishing himself as a big league star. Here the 28-year-old looks back.
"Last year the pressure was on winning and being the best team. All the outside stuff," Desmond said. "This year the focus is on doing things the right way and not being the guy to deter our growth. This year we're more worried about the inside, keeping what we have going [like] a well oiled machine."
"Different players take different paths to April," Desmond said. "I like to be sharp right out of the gate."