District Daily: Nationals’ bench set for overhaul in 2015


Good afternoon DoD readers! In case you missed it, the Nationals made some big roster decisions earlier today. Findout who’s staying and who’s on their way out here.

Checkout some great Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Nationals’ bench set for overhaul in 2015

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After watching his players lose to the Giants in the National League Division Series, Nationals manager Matt Williams told his players how much he appreciated their effort during the season.

“We established a way to go about this game in Spring Training, and we accomplished that goal,” Williams said. “We played the way we wanted to play and did a lot of things right. So, you know, it’s tender and it’s bitter and all of those things, but I’m proud of them. I’m proud of the way they went about it.” Read full article here.

Although the Nats finished with the best record in the NL, they have to make some changes to their roster. For example, they have to overhaul their bench. Pinch-hitters hit .144 in 2014. They may need to tweak the bullpen, which didn’t do well in the postseason.

Nationals outright Ohlendorf; righty chooses free agency

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have reinstated right-hander Ross Ohlendorffrom the 60-day disabled list and outrighted him off the 40-man roster. He then elected to become a free agent.

This past season, Ohlendorf, 32, missed most of the season because of a lat strain. He spent time with Triple-A Syracuse, Class A Advanced Potomac and the Gulf Coast Nationals and went a combined 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA in seven games. Read full article here.