District Daily: Zimmerman rates among Nats’ players of decade

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Jul 19, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) hits a one run RBI single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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:

Zimmerman rates among Nats’ players of decade

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — It’s hard to believe the Nationals have played 10 seasons. From Livan Hernandez to Ryan Zimmerman, the club has given its fans a lot to cheer about.

In their first season (2005), the Nationals finished with a .500 record, but they didn’t have a winning season until 2012, when they captured their first National League East title. What’s in store for the next 10 years? It’s anyone’s guess. The nation’s capital hasn’t seen a World Series title since 1924, when the Senators defeated the New York Giants.

With that in mind, here are the Nationals’ players of the decade by position, according to MLB.com.

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1B Adam LaRocheNick Johnson put up some nice numbers in a Nationals uniform. During his five years in Washington, Johnson had a .280 batting average and a .408 on-base percentage. But injuries prevented him from being on this list. Adam Dunn put up two monster years in Washington, but he was one of the worst defenders in team history.

Read full article here.

Updated Odds for Washington Nationals to Sign Top 5 Remaining Free-Agent Targets

(Danny Garrison, Bleacher Report)

Most free-agency talk regarding the Washington Nationals this winter will start and end with their search for a second baseman. But MLB‘s offseason isn’t called the “Hot Stove” because of aging middle infielders moving teams.

It’s true, Washington could probably trot out its roster as is and contend for its second consecutive division title. But, as The Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell points out, a blockbuster signing is never out of the question with Nats general manager Mike Rizzo.

Rizzo proved that to be true in 2011 with the acquisition of outfielder Jayson Werth and in 2012 when he brought in starter Gio Gonzalez, two players who have been instrumental in the Nationals’ recent success.

This time around, it’s free-agent hurler Max Scherzer‘s name that is punctuating the discussion of second base options like Jed Lowrie and Stephen DrewRead full article here.

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