The Washington Nationals are faced with very few decisions with regard to the makeup of their daily lineup. There are all kinds of questions about the pitching staff, but that's fodder for another day's column. We know (barring trade) that Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Nyjer Morgan, Elijah Dukes, and Cristian Guzman will be in the opening day batting order, with either Jesus Flores or Pudge Rodriguez behind the plate. The only question is whether Ian Desmond will join them in the lineup. One of the biggest offseason points of emphasis for Mike Rizzo and the rest of the Nats pro personnel department is to upgrade the middle infield defense. They have instructed Guzman to be prepared to play second base come spring training, which signals intent to do one of two things: acquire ...
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