The Nationals let a lot go in free agency and trades this winter as they retooled their roster to make way for new acquisitions and prospects coming up their minor league pipeline. This offseason alone saw Jordan Zimmermann, Denard Span, Ian Desmond, Craig Stammen and Doug Fister leave via free agency. Drew Storen and Yunel Escobar were also traded.
Here is a look at how all those former Nationals are doing through the first few weeks of this season...
SP Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers - 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 19.1 IP, 0 ER, 15 SO, 6 BB
Zimmermann is off to the best start of his MLB career with zero runs allowed through three outings. That's a 19 1/3 scoreless innings streak. What makes that run even more impressive is that it's come against three teams that were in the playoffs last season: the Yankees, Pirates and Royals. Zimmermann has been dominant against some of the best teams in baseball.
OF Ian Desmond, Texas Rangers - .132 BA, .207 OBP, .151 SLG, .358 OPS, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 9 R, SB
Desmond has not been as fortunate as Zimmermann, as the now-left fielder for the Texas Rangers is off to a terrible start this season. Desmond is batting just .132 with 16 strikeouts in 14 games. His .358 OPS is third-worst among qualified MLB hitters. And to make matters even worse, he already has two errors in the outfield for Texas. Just like 2015, Desmond has stumbled out of the gate.
OF Denard Span, San Francisco Giants - .233 BA, .299 OBP, .350 SLG, .649 OPS, HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 2 SB
Span dealt with some minor injury issues during spring training, but has shown no ill effects so far in 2016. His batting average is lower than he'd like, but how about the 10 RBI? Span has never driven in more than 68 runs in a season, yet he's on pace for 108 right now. He's also on track for about 22 steals.
SP Doug Fister, Houston Astros - 1-2, 5.94 ERA, 16.2 IP, 11 ER, 9 SO, 4 BB
Like Desmond, Fister is not off to a good start with his new team. Fister has made three starts for the Astros and has allowed 11 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings. He has already surrendered three homers in three starts and has a 5.94 ERA.
RP Drew Storen, Toronto Blue Jays - 0-1, 7.11 ERA, 6.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 SO, BB, SV
Storen has struggled so far in a late-innings role with the Blue Jays, as he now holds a 7.11 ERA after seven appearances. He gave up two earned runs on April 8 against the Red Sox and then another two earned on the road in Boston. Storen has allowed at least one hit in six of his seven games this season.
3B Yunel Escobar, Los Angeles Angels -.274 BA, .348 OBP, .419 SLG, .767 OPS, HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 7 BB
The Angels' leadoff hitter, Escobar is still getting on base at a solid rate. He has a .348 OBP through 15 games with one homer and five RBI. Escobar currently has more walks (7) than strikeouts (5) and holds a .767 OPS, which is pretty close to his .790 mark from last year. One stat, though, stands out in bad way for Escobar. That is the three errors he's already committed at third base.
RP Craig Stammen, Cleveland Indians - N/A
Stammen has yet to make an appearance for either the Indians or the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, where he is currently stationed. Stammen is on the Clippers' 7-day disabled list at the moment.