10/22/12 1:50 PM ET
Inbox: Where does Moore fit in 2013's plans?
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
-- Jose B., Washington, D.C.
It depends on what happens to LaRoche, who could become a free agent if he and the Nationals don't agree to the mutual option. If LaRoche leaves, there is a possibility that Moore could be the everyday first baseman. If LaRoche stays, Moore could be the everyday left fielder. I was told by a source that the Nationals would consider trading Michael Morse if LaRoche stays with the team. Let's see what happens to LaRoche first before we start discussing anyone else.
Do you think the Nationals will go after Michael Bourn this offseason?
-- William P., Arlington, Va.
It would not surprise me to see general manager Mike Rizzo go after Bourn. The Nationals need a leadoff hitter. I see Jayson Werth returning to the middle of the batting order next year. If Bourn becomes a free agent and signs with the Nationals, I could see Bryce Harper going back to left field and the team trying to trade Morse and maybe Moore.
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Any news on Cole Kimball's recovery? I remember reading that he wanted to return during the middle of the year, but that never happened. Will we see him in a Nats uniform in 2013?
-- Nicole T., Carlisle, Pa.
Kimball, who has recovered from a shoulder injury, is currently playing for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. Entering Monday's action, Kimball has pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run.
Do I see Kimball in a Nationals uniform again? I'll put it this way. After watching the bullpen implode during the postseason, I think Kimball has a chance to make the team out of Spring Training.
Do you think there is any chance the Nationals bring up Corey Brown to play center and bat second?
-- Roy H., Charleston, S.C.
Brown had an impressive season for Triple-A Syracuse in 2012. But I don't ever see him as an everyday player for Washington, simply because of the outfielders the club already has. We'll see what happens when Spring Training comes around.
What do you think about the addition of Kurt Suzuki to the roster?
-- Emmi, Virginia
I thought Suzuki was a great addition because of his game-calling behind the plate. He also had some important clutch hits during the season, including the one in Game 5 of the NLDS, a contest in which the Nationals lost. I expect Suzuki to be the everyday catcher for the Nats in 2013, while they slowly bring back Wilson Ramos, who I expect to be the No. 2 guy.
The Shark, aka Roger Bernadina, had a career year and will probably get a raise this offseason. Do you think the Nats are going to try to move him, or can we expect to see The Shark with the team next year?
-- Terry C., Washington, D.C.
I think we are going to see The Shark in a Nats uniform next year. Bernadina is just too valuable as a fourth outfielder. He is an excellent defensive outfielder and has finally learned how to hit on a consistent basis. Bernadina now realizes that he doesn't need to hit a home run every time he comes to the plate.
Do you think Davey Johnson is the best manager in Nationals/Expos history? Felipe Alou is tough to beat, but Davey has my vote on this one.
-- Alex C., Montreal
I love Alou. He did a great job managing the Expos in the early to mid 1990s. They had a great young team that included Larry Walker and Marquis Grissom. But there is no question in my mind that Johnson is the best manager in Nationals/Expos history, because he gave the team its swagger and made it believe it could win starting from the first day of Spring Training. No one expected the Nats to have the best record in baseball other than Johnson. I'm expecting the Nationals to be back in the postseason with Johnson leading them again.