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Mike Rizzo

The Nationals overhauled their roster for youth, speed and energy. Will it pay off?

The Nationals overhauled their roster for youth, speed and energy. Will it pay off?

Transition comes in its own time, at its own pace, most visible in hindsight, most necessary after turmoil. And in the past two months, transition came quickly to the Washington Nationals. Despite retaining their entire coaching staff after a disappointing 2018 season, the Nationals have rebuilt their image and remade their clubhouse with purposeful speed, recasting their roster as a speedy, energetic bunch unlike any they have had before, at least on paper.

Assuming Bryce Harper signs elsewhere, and the Nationals are proceeding as if he will, they will likely make three more substantial moves before the beginning of spring training. They are hunting for second base upgrades, with...

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