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Right-hander Tim Hudson has signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, taking him out of the National League East which is great news for the Nationals.
The 2013 season is a warning to the organization that acted as if last season's 98 wins and division title were the first of many such postseason runs. That, somehow, landing one strike away from advancing to the NLCS in 2012 meant those October opportunities will always be there in Washington.
Pick through the debris from the Nationals' busted season and few scraps elicit more head-scratching than Monday's acquisition of David DeJesus.
An 8-5 defeat by the Milwaukee Brewers in a game the Nationals led by three runs in the sixth inning capped a 2-3 road trip. The Nationals have a 54-57 record to pair with an ever-growing deficit in the National League East (12) and the Wild Card (6 ½).
Eckstein had been the Nats' hitting coach since Oct. 24, 2008, which made him the longest-tenured hitting coach in the National League East.
Three and a half months ago, the Washington Nationals were headlining almost all of these predictions. Picked to win the National League East. Picked to win the NL pennant. Picked as the favorites to win the World Series. What the first 95 games have brought, however, is a different reality.
Would a quick fix of some sort help? Perhaps, but it is no guarantee. And a quality quick fix would probably require the team to break up part of the core that makes the Nats a viable contender well beyond this season.