We've reached the finishing point for the offense in my new plan for the Nats. Follow along with the series here.
My finalized ideal (feasibly ideal, that is) hitting roster (predicted roles in parenthesis):
Josh Bard (C Backup-needs to be resigned)
Jesus Flores (C Starter-under team control for 2010)
Ian Desmond (SS Backup-under team control for 2010)
Adam Dunn (1B Starter-under team control for 2010)
Alberto Gonzalez (2B/SS Backup-under team control for 2010)
Akinori Iwamura (2B Starter-needs to be signed)
Mike Morse (1B/SS/OF Backup-under team control for 2010)
Ryan Zimmerman (3B Starter-under team control for 2010)
Elijah Dukes (RF Starter-under team control for 2010)
Willie Harris (2B/3B/OF Backup-under team control for 2010)
Norris Hopper (OF Backup-under team control for 2010)
Nyjer Morgan (CF Starter-under team control for 2010)
Josh Willingham (LF Starter-under team control for 2010)
Gone: Cristian Guzman (trade/release), Wil Nieves (AAA), Justin Maxwell (AAA), Pete Orr (AAA/release), Jorge Padilla (AAA/release)
In my opinion, this lineup would be above-average offensively (Zimmerman, Dunn, Willingham should be above average. Morgan, Iwamura, Dukes and Flores should be average at worst. Desmond will probably be average, but isn't a sure thing. Defensively, we have two of the league's elite (Zimmerman and Morgan), a bunch of average with breakout potential (Dukes, Flores and Desmond), some below-average sluggers (Dunn and Willingham) and Iwamura, who is above average. So on the whole, this 13-man hitting roster could be above-average as a group.
The funny thing-if the Nats can dump Guzman, they could actually save money with a much better lineup. Dunn's rising salary could inhibit that, but it could, with some clever maneuvering. Please, Rizzo, make this roster happen!
Starting Pitchers will be up sometime tomorrow!
A list of the Nats currently under contract can also be found at Cot's.
The latest projected Elias Rankings (for Type A/B Free Agent purposes) can be found at MLB Trade Rumors.