Back by popular demand, The Nationals Enquirer answers the Nationals dot com mailbag. The correct answers are available on Nationals dot com; now we'll give it a shot.
If Cristian Guzman is out for the season, would the Nationals consider making Alfonso Soriano the everyday shortstop? -- D. C., Nova Scotia, Canada
Sure, why not. They could also consider making him a starting pitcher, bullpen coach, left fielder...
I know Michael Tucker was brought in to provide experience off the bench, but Kenny Kelly and George Lombard are both having a better camp. Is there a chance of either beating Tucker out? -- J. N., Ottawa, Ontario
I don't know.
Why don't the Nationals give Billy Traber a shot to be a starter? He seems to be having a good Spring Training. -- A. K., Mountain Brook, Ala.
Traber will probably get his shot sometime before the All Star break - just give it a while for a few more arms to fall off.
Now that Luis Ayala will be out for the season, who will become the fill his spot as the setup man? -- C. C., Frankton, Ind.
That's a great question. Maybe a bunch of the guys on the Cuban team will defect after the WBC and join Livan in Washington?
What are the Nationals' plans with the designated hitter in American League parks? -- D. S., Potomac, Md.
Come on, you didn't think Bowden signed Matt LeCroy for nothing, did you?
Given the current second base situation, do either Soriano or Jose Vidro come across as decent trade bait? -- R. L., Washington, D.C.
First, let's check Bill Ladson's answer to your question. He said: "General manager Jim Bowden is on the phone looking to make deals. It crossed my mind today that maybe he would trade Soriano to the Red Sox for outfielder Wily Mo Pena, one of Bowden's favorite players when he was GM of the Reds."
This translates loosely as: "Bowden told me today that has been on the phone with the Red Sox begging them to save his ass, because the Soriano experiment has gone so bad that its unlikely that even Cold Pizza will take him back after Bud wakes up and gets a new owner in here."
It seems like one of the biggest underlying issues to the entire Nationals' problems is a dry Minor League system. What steps do they need to take to retool the Minors? -- C. L., Alexandria, Va.
Do the Nationals view Brendan Harris as their second baseman of the future?
-- J. A., Monrovia, Md.
Yes. I mean, no.
(all questions taken from The Washington Nationals Official Website)