While we wait on Adam LaRoche - or a first baseman to be named - I wanted to bring up a transaction that might have slipped past you.
The Nationals hired Tony Beasley last month to manage their Double-A affiliate at Harrisburg. You remember Beasley; he was a coach for Frank Robinson with the 2006 Nats. More recently, he was the Pirates' third base coach, but he's got lots of minor league managerial experience. In five seasons at Double-A Altoona, in the Pittsburgh system, he had a winning record, including two Eastern League titles.
He's also fairly local. Not a Washingtonian, but a Virginia native, born in Fredericksburg. He makes his home these days in Bowling Green, Va., and played his college ball at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where one of his teammates was Randy Tomlin, who is now his pitching coach with the Senators.
Beasley played nine seasons in the minors after being drafted by the Orioles in 1988. I'm sure he knows every inch of the highway between the Rappahannock River and City Island in Harrisburg. He was always great to deal with as a Nats' coach, and given his resume, should be a tremendous asset to player development.