After a disastrous year for the Nats, GM Mike Rizzo fired all his coaching staff. Then, in a suprise twist, Ted Lurner turned on the General Manager, making him pack. So, its former player Darell Pendelton who gets the role. Pendelton than hired Dusty Baker for manager, Mike Maddux, brother of Greg Maddux, for pitching coach, and Davey Lopes, who will help the Nats get more stolen bags than their 57 from last year. Mike Rizzo, according to reports, has filled in an application for manager of the Reds.
Then, under Pendelton, they traded away setup man Drew Storen for stolen base machine Ben Revere, signed middle infielders Daniel Murphy and Stephen Drew from the Mets and Yankees. Pendelton has said more trades/signings are to come before Spring Training is over. They are targeting, according to Ken Rosenthal, free agent reliever Vic Black, Astros reliever Luke Gregorson, and C Carlos Corporan.