District Daily: Adjusting Nationals’ 40-man roster prior to Rule 5 Draft


Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Brian Goodwin against the West during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers! Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

The Nationals 40 man roster: What will they do before the Rule 5 Draft?

(Jim Meyerriecks, Federal Baseball)

With the impending free agents now gone and the sixty day disabled list cleared, the Nats had one open spot on their forty man roster.  On Monday, they used that spot to claim Cardinals reliever Eric Fornataro.  The 26-year-old reliever may end up becoming another under the radar pickup by Rizzo, who also plucked Matt Thornton and Pedro Florimon out of the waiver pool during the 2014 season.  However, the Nats are probably going to have to make room for a handful of players in the next two weeks.

MLB’s Rule 5 Draft will take place on December 11.  The deadline to place a player on the forty man roster and protect him is November 20.  The good folks at Nationals Arm Race put together a nice spreadsheet which breaks down when most of the players in the Nats farm system are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. There are a handful of players in the Nats system who will almost certainly draw interest if they’re left unprotected.  Let’s break some of them down……. Read full article here.

Storylines abound as free-agent season begins

(Doug Miller, MLB.com)

The 2014 championship season is over, and the Giants are on top of the baseball world.

But as of midnight ET on Tuesday, the free-agent season has officially begun, and the other 29 teams will start the process of trying to take the 2015 trophy from San Francisco.

More than 100 players are free to sign with any club, and the bidding can begin now. Signings can happen at any time and are sure keep the chilly holiday days warm with thoughts of the summer game as we wait for April to arrive. Read full article here.