District Daily: For Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, focus is on bullpen, bench


Sep 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) removes relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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For Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, focus is on bullpen, bench

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

PHOENIX — The Washington Nationals won 96 games last season, and General Manager Mike Rizzo does not seem inclined to do much overhauling of a deep and talented roster. But Rizzo, fully aware of the disappointing end to the season, could make moves on the roster’s edges, bolstering the bullpen and the bench.

“We like the team that we have,” Rizzo said at the GM Meetings held at the Arizona Biltmore hotel. “We like the roster constructed as it is. We want to do everything we can to improve it any way, shape or form that we can. If that means staying as is, if it means getting younger, more controllable guys or if it means making a trade or two, we’re going to do what’s in the best interests of the club and try to improve the team any way, shape or form.” Read full article here.

Washington Nationals: offseason pitching debates

(Julia Dang, isportsweb)

In the past few seasons, the Washington Nationals have built up a pitching staff and bullpen to be proud of. Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann are just a couple of the pitchers on the Nationals’ staff that contributed to the NL East win and the trip to the post season. Not to say that there weren’t any pitching hiccups in the Nationals’ postseason appearance.

Here are some concerns the Washington Nationals’ pitching staff have going into the 2015 season. Read full article here.