WBC could be loaded with Nationals players

WBC could be loaded with Nationals players
December 4, 2012, 9:45 am
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A handful of prominent Nationals (Alfonso Soriano and Chad Cordero in 2006, Adam Dunn and Joel Hanrahan in 2009) participated in the first two installments of the World Baseball Classic, but the upcoming third installment of the international tournament could be loaded with players off Washington's roster.

So far, only outfielder Roger Bernadina (Netherlands) has committed to playing in the Classic, which will be held March 2-19. Plenty more could follow as rosters are assembled and announced in the coming month.

Team USA will unveil its roster on January 16, with no shortage of potential Nationals in the mix for spots.

Bryce Harper seems a logical choice for manager Joe Torre. So does Ian Desmond, whose chances will be boosted by the fact Derek Jeter is recovering from a broken ankle. Ryan Zimmerman could participate as well, though there are plenty of deserving third baseman including David Wright and Chase Headley.

And, of course, there are potentially a half-dozen members of the Nationals pitching staff who could receive consideration: starters Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler and relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.

On the international front, the Venezuelan club certainly would love to have native son Wilson Ramos play for them, though the Nationals might be reluctant to let the young catcher go because he'll be in the final stages of rehab from a torn ACL.