It figures to be a long six months until Opening Day 2014 when the Nationals play at the New York Mets, and much of the Nats’ offseason objectives do not involve specific deadlines or dates. That said, there are plenty of days for Nats fans to look forward to this fall and winter as they wait for next season.
First, there are the announcements of 2013 awards. The Nationals aren’t expected to win any of the big ones, but there should be some representation in vote totals. Later in the year there is also the Rule 5 draft which could net the Nats some new young prospects, or see some of their own head elsewhere.
Here is a preview of some key dates to look for this offseason:
Oct. 29 – Gold Glove Awards announced
Nov. 6 – Silver Slugger awards announced
Nov. 11 – Rookie of the Year awards announced
Nov. 12 – Manager of the Year awards announced
Nov. 13 – Cy Young awards announced
Nov. 14 – Most Valuable Player awards announced
The Nationals were raking in the honors last year as Davey Johnson was named best manager, Bryce Harper the NL’s best rookie, as well as several Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove. This year should be a much different story with no Nats in the mix for any of the major 2013 awards.
Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg may get votes in the Cy Young race. Jayson Werth will most certainly finish high on the list in MVP voting, and Ian Desmond will likely get votes as well. Tanner Roark could get some consideration for NL Rookie of the Year, though a stacked class will keep him away from the top.
Where the Nats may see some attention is in the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger race. Desmond won the Silver Slugger for NL shortstops last year and had a similar season in 2013. He was also a Gold Glove finalist in 2012 and was about as good a year later.