A little while back nycredsfan and myself answered five questions from The Nats Blog which can be found here. In return, TNB's Ted Youngling was kind enough to answer five questions from Red Reporter in exchange. The Nationals intrigue me a little since they look to have a lot of young talent coming or already there, and will have a lot of money to spend in the near future (even with the monstrous Jayson Werth contract). Questions and answers after the jump.
RR: With his meteoric rise and fall due to injury, how do you see the career of Stephen Strasburg playing out?
RR: The other prized possession of the Nats' farm system, Bryce Harper, is just starting his road to the major leagues. What's a realistic date we might see him in Washington, and can he possibly be as good as advertised?
RR: Other than the two stud prospects listed above, what minor leaguer do you think can/will have the biggest impact in the next couple of years?
TNB: First name that comes to my head is left handed pitcher Sammy Solis. He was the Nationals' very next pick after Harper when they selected him in the second round out of the University of San Diego last June. Solis will be a staple in the Nats rotation and could be in the majors sooner than most people think.
RR: The Nationals look to have a bit of payroll flexibility in the coming years; what free agent would you like to see the club pursue? What holes might they need to fill once the young players have all established themselves?
TNB: With Ryan Braun recently being extended through 2020 with the Milwaukee Brewers one would have to think that they would not be able to bring back Prince Fielder, who is a Scott Boras client. Many people questioned why the Nats would give Jayson Werth a seven-year, $126 million deal but it was for situations like this. Washington GM Mike Rizzo wanted to prove that the Nationals were willing to break the bank open and bring in big time free agents. Hopefully Fielder will take this into account as Washington will be certain to make an offer.
RR: Lastly, a two part question - What's the deal with the inordinate number of former Reds who have found their way to Washington, and how old is Livan Hernandez, really?
TNB: I had never noticed the trend of former Reds making their way to the Nationals until now. Laynce Nix, Jerry Hairston, Todd Coffey are the ones that immediately come to my mind, but I honestly couldn't give you a straight answer as to how or why they migrated to DC.