Nationals Chatter: Spring training site in limbo, plus Blevins and Stammen reunite and more

Eight days.

Eight days are all that remain of a baseball-less offseason. That’s right, pitchers and catchers report next Thursday. As we approach the final week of the offseason, let’s take a look at what others are saying about the Nats.

* The Nationals’ spring training facility saga took another turn this past week. The Nationals have been linked to Fort Myers’ stadium as a possible new spring training destination. Those links, however, appear to be in jeopardy. According to, the city can’t meet the costs the developer has proposed to renovate the already existing stadium. The park needs renovations that could cost $45-50 million. As a result, the Nationals are still looking elsewhere for a new spring straining site.

* Speaking of spring training, the Nationals loaded up their equipment truck last Friday to deliver the players’ equipment to Viera, Fla. According to Nationals clubhouse manager Mike Wallace, the drive takes between one to two days to get to Viera. Well, the truck may have run into some of the crazy weather much of the country has been experiencing, as the truck did not arrive until yesterday, according to a tweet from the Nationals.

* Following NatsFest, several stories came out about the relationship between relievers Craig Stammen and Jerry Blevins. Both Stammen and Blevins attended the University of Dayton. Stammen and Blevins were in the same communications class, where as an assignment, the two staged interviews with one another. One acted like a MLB general manager and the other was a managerial candidate.

Try picturing that. Stammen and Blevins are excited to continue their friendship while pitching out of the same bullpen. In case you were wondering, Blevins is one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter. His handle is @JerryBlevins_13. Want an example of his sense of humor? Look at the tease he did for the article referenced above.

* Will Grooms over at Bleacher Report recaps the 10 Moments that Transformed Washington Nationals Baseball. To nobody’s surprise, a certain postseason home run from Jayson Werth made the list.

* Finally, before the season begins, many of you will participate in fantasy baseball drafts. Scott White of has broken down the outlook of the 2014 Washington Nationals. White says second baseman Anthony Rendon could be a sleeper pick while closer Rafeal Soriano could be a bust. Want to read more from White? Click here.

That’s a wrap of this week’s Nationals Chatter. Come back next week. I’ll be as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve because baseball will be here so soon. Don’t forget to check out throughout the week for the latest on the Nationals.

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