Feb 24, 2014; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) hits while Mike Rizzo watches from the cart in spring training action at space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-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:
Nationals add more scouting positions
For some time, the Nationals operated with one of the smallest scouting staffs in the major leagues, but it’s starting to grow, on the amateur side at least. The Nationals have added to two new scouting positions — one assigned to the Northwestern United States and another to the upper Midwest — bringing their amateur scout total to 17. The change is small, but is expected to make a difference.
“What it’s going to do is give guys multiple looks and a higher comfort level with the family and player,” said Kris Kline, the assistant general manager and vice president for scouting operations. “It’s a positive thing. This is going to help us a lot. I’m excited.” Read full article here.
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GM meetings begin, and the Nationals have much to consider
The annual general managers meetings are underway at the posh Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Some front office officials arrived last week, others over the weekend and some on Monday. The general managers and high-ranking executives met for dinner on Monday night but Tuesday marks the official first day of meetings and discussions. They aren’t here simply to begin trade talks but to consider rule changes and league issues.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo attended an Arizona Fall League game on Monday afternoon to watch Nationals prospects and minor leaguers. The Nationals are exactly in that position, too: watch and evaluate. The Nationals have several matters to address this winter — bullpen and bench upgrades, addressing second base and figuring out which players to ink to long-term extensions — but those aren’t as pressing as many rival teams’ needs. Read full article here.