Bill Ladson

Out of options, Moore looks to secure roster spot

First baseman/outfielder keeps positive outlook in face of uncertain future

Out of options, Moore looks to secure roster spot

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore is out of Minor League options, so this spring could be his last chance to show the team that he belongs on the Major League roster as a bench player.

If Moore doesn't make the team out of Spring Training, the Nationals could designate him for assignment, which means they would have 10 days to trade Moore, outright him to the Minor Leagues or release him.

Moore, 28, has decided to keep a positive attitude about his situation.

"I kind of want to keep my head down and just focus on what we need to do here as a team," Moore said. "Everybody has one goal. ... This team is so close-knit. I want to enjoy my teammates. Whatever happens, I want to enjoy those guys and give it my all."

It seems like yesterday when Moore was a highly touted prospect for the Nationals. After winning the team's Minor League Player of the Year award in 2010, Moore became a valuable bench player for the big league team two years later, hitting 10 home runs and batting .263.

But it has been downhill ever since, spending most of his time with Triple-A Syracuse. And Moore has never expressed any bitterness about his situation. He credits former teammate Adam LaRoche for keeping a positive attitude. "He always gave me a lot of wisdom," said Moore, adding that it's useless to complain.

"I can't control those things. I can control my attitude and effort. For me, it's just wasted energy on stuff that doesn't matter," Moore said. "I just want to help this team win and help this team get better."

If he played every day, how would Moore do on the diamond?

"I would do pretty well," Moore said. "It's about getting an opportunity. I don't know specific numbers. I just feel that maybe that day is coming. We'll see what happens. I just have to keep my head down and keep working."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.