The last bench spot competition is less one player #Nats

Mike Rizzo reportedly has placed Tyler Moore on waivers which in turn will remove him off the 40 man roster, and out of the competition for the last bench spot.

This doesn’t guarantee that Tyler Moore won’t be a Nat in the future as that will be dependent on whether Moore is picked up by another team off waivers.

The bench competition we believe is set with 4 players: Lobaton, C. Robinson, S. Drew and Michael A. Taylor which leaves the last spot to come  down to the obvious and the not so obvious.

The obvious would be choosing the last bench spot from Matt den Dekker, Brendan Ryan, Chris Heisey, Scott Sizemore, Tony Campana, Jhonatan Solano and Reed Johnson as they are the remaining position players in big league camp along with Trea Turner

The not so obvious is that Stephen Drew is the starter and Danny Espinosa rides the bench or the far-fetched scenario to many is that Trea Turner makes the Opening Day roster or Rizzo carries an extra bench bat until he needs the roster spot for the 5th starter or Rizzo makes a trade or signs a player off waivers.

At this point, Dusty Baker and Mike Rizzo might both be vacillating on the decision. You see the dynamic that Trea Turner brings that nobody else can to this team, and then you have Heisey who brings a history of being a clutch pinch-hitter that is an obvious need for this bench.

The early fan favorite was Scott Sizemore who was pounding the ball early in camp, and now Michael A. Taylor has taken over as the hottest hitter in the Grapefruit League.

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Tyler Moore will always be a large part of Nationals history as he has the greatest pinch-hit in Nats history from his pinch-hit GW RBIs in the Nats 1st ever playoff game in team history in Game 1 against the Cardinals.

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