As has been published by both Luke Erickson/NationalsProspects and Mac/Capitolbaseball in recent days, its looking more and more likely that both our Rule 5 draftees Erik Komatsu and Brad Meyers may not be coming home any time soon.
- Meyers has still yet to appear in a Minor League game for the Yankees, meaning the team is well within their rights to stash Meyers on the DL and keep him in their extended Spring Training while he rehabs. This gives the team ample time to evaluate Meyers while waiting for an opportunity to call him up. Kinda like what the Nats did with Elvin Ramirez for the entirety of the 2011 season.
- Komatsu’s spring numbers have come down a bit in the last two weeks, but he’s hit well enough (combined with injuries to the Cardinal’s planned backup outfielder Allen Craig) to make the Cardinals 25-man roster.
As I opined here prior to the Nats failing to protect Komatsu, I thought he was worth protecting prior to last December’s rule 5 draft. And as I’ve stated in the comments section here and there, I thought the team made a mistake not protecting him. The Nationals STILL have not broached a full 40-man roster (they sit at 39/40 by my count after adding Rick Ankiel this week), meaning they could have retained Komatsu and kept the trade bounty they received for Jerry Hairston last July.
Now, in a relatively not surprising, Murphy’s Law kind of way, the Nats really could use Komatsu. Ankiel’s hurting, Bernadina has been banged up, Morse is starting the season on the DL. The team is probably going to break camp with TWO non-roster invitees on the 25-man roster to fill outfield spots (Xavier Nady and Brett Carrol). Its not that Komatsu was an answer for us this spring, but considering the lack of outfield depth and the failure to address the CF situation in the off-season, it seems like the team should have done a better job retaining its own outfielders this past off-season.