District Daily: Nationals fill 40-man roster by adding A.J. Cole, three others


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 today’s District Daily:

Nats fill 40-man roster by adding Cole, three others

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals added four players — right-hander A.J. Cole, infielder Wilmer Difo, outfielder Brian Goodwin and left-hander Matt Grace — to their 40-man roster on Thursday. Meanwhile, infielder Pedro Florimon was claimed off waivers by the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Ryan Mattheus was placed on outright assignment and elected free agency.

Thursday was the deadline for teams to protect players from the Dec. 11 Rule 5 Draft by adding them to the 40-man roster.

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Cole, the Nationals’ No. 2 overall prospect, had arguably his best season in professional baseball in 2014, going a combined 13-3 with a 3.16 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He pitched 134 innings and struck out 111 batters. At 22, Cole features a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and front-end-of-the-rotation potential. He owns a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.24 and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over the course of his career. Read full article here.

Report: Nationals open to trading Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister

(Sports Illustrated)

The Washington Nationals are open to trading starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, but would require a “strong return,” USA Today’sBob Nightengale reports.

Zimmermann, 28, is a two-time All-Star and went 14-5 last season with a 2.66 ERA and 182 strikeouts. He tossed a no-hitter against the Miami Marlins in Washington’s regular season finale. Read full article here.