In 2010, Chuck Rocha founded Solidarity Strategies, a Washington, DC-based political consulting firm that he continues to lead as president. In his free time, Chuck Rocha follows his hometown professional baseball team, the Washington Nationals.
Washington Nationals fans had a lot to be happy about in 2016, as the team ended the regular season in first place in the National League East division. The Nationals also finished the regular season tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-most wins league-wide, with only the eventual World Series-winning Chicago Cubs tallying more. Making their third trip to the playoffs since 2012, the Nationals fell 3-2 in nail-biting Divisional Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the subsequent offseason, Nationals management has been relatively quiet. In December, the franchise traded minor-league prospect Pedro Avila for the San Diego Padres veteran catcher Derek Norris, though the Nationals released Norris in March.
In another trade, the club acquired Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for three right-handed pitchers. Two of the pitchers, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito, are considered top prospects. While a costly acquisition, Eaton comes to the Nationals following a productive 2016 season in which be batted .284 and was a finalist for the Gold Glove.