As noted in the comments, the Nats made some roster moves on what would have been Opening Day:
- OPTIONED TO AAA:
- C Tres Barrera
- RHP Erick Fedde
- OPTIONED TO AA:
- RHP James Bourque
- RHP Kyle Finnegan
- UT Adrían Sanchez
- OF Andrew Stevenson
This is, of course, procedural and no doubt a result of the reported deal between MLB and the MLBPA that includes a transaction freeze, and shortening the Draft this year and next.
Why italics? Well, besides the usual m.o. of the MLBPA – selling out the interests of its future members for the hoped-for gain of its present members (OK, Boomer) – this feeds right into its plan to destroy the minor leagues. Fewer teams + fewer new players = less teams needed.
Oh, did I forget to mention 90% of draft bonuses being deferred over two years?
Good luck getting anybody who’s good at anything else besides baseball. The choice is getting easier and easier to make.