The Winter Meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida and the Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo will be in attendance. The Nationals have already made deals for Doug Fister and Nate McLouth earlier in the week so there really isn’t much left to do. As I wrote this morning the Nationals are two-thirds of the way done with their offseason shopping list.
So what does that leave for the Winter Meetings?
It could leave a lot of things. Rizzo could talk to fellow GM’s about future deals, or talk about certain players to see if they will ever become available. Rizzo is always looking to improve the team and this is the exact place to do so. He may not make any deals in the next three days, but these next three days could lay the groundwork for a deal later in the winter, at the trade deadline next season, or next winter.
One thing still needed is a lefty reliever and I expect Rizzo to fight hard to get a good one. There are plenty of options that we have went over, but every option we see as a fit, Rizzo goes and gets someone extraordinarily better. Am I complaining? NO. The Nationals front office is doing what it needs to do to win now and not three years down the road.
So if you are expecting a big Winter Meetings from Rizzo and the Nats don’t get your hopes up. The deals the Nationals needed to make the most have already been made and set in stone. Now they are just looking for complementary pieces to complete this World Series caliber team.