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February Final Offseason Grade: A-
Here is what I said about the Nationals' moves back in February:
The Washington Nationals improved their outfield defense with the addition of Denard Span and added a solid leadoff hitter as well. If Dan Haren returns to form, he could be a solid upgrade over the departed Edwin Jackson.
Adding Rafael Soriano to a bullpen already stacked clearly sent a message that the Nationals are serious about bringing a World Series title to the nation's capital.
Current Offseason Grade: C
The transactions made by general manager Mike Rizzo were supposed to help bolster a team that won 98 games last season.
They haven't quite had the desired effect as of yet.
Now with a .500 record and 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, the Nationals have struggled to find their identity. The addition of Span has helped somewhat, he's hitting .266 with a .327 on-base percentage.
Haren was a hard-luck loser on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles, now with a 4-6 record and 5.09 ERA. Certainly not the numbers envisioned by the Nationals to this point.
The point to making transactions is with the goal of making your team better. In the case of the Nationals, that's certainly debatable right now.
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