District Daily: Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East


Sep 16, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher

Wilson Ramos

(40) and relief pitcher

Drew Storen

(22) and catcher

Jose Lobaton

(59) celebrate a victory against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 3-0 to clinch the National League eastern division championship. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-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:

Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East


The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

Among NL East clubs, the Marlins made the boldest move of the winter thus far, coming to terms with Giancarlo Stanton on a contract extension potentially worth $325 million. We’ve also seen a major trade involving the Braves and a surprising signing by the Mets.

Of course, we can expect the Phillies to be fielding plenty of trade offers for some of their accomplished veterans, and the Nationals will be looking to beef up one of baseball’s deep rosters. Read full article here.

More from District on Deck

Major League Baseball’s $25M loan to Nationals compromised its impartiality, MASN says

(Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun)

Major League Baseball compromised its impartiality in the Orioles-Washington Nationals TV rights fee dispute when it made a nearly $25 million loan to the Nationals that gave it a financial stake in the outcome, attorneys for the Orioles’ television network allege in a new court filing.

The attorneys say Major League Baseball linked the 2013 loan’s repayment to the “inflated proceeds” it anticipated an arbitration committee would award the Nationals in annual TV rights fees from the network, which is controlled by the Orioles but broadcasts both teams’ games.

“In doing so, MLB acquired a direct financial stake in the Award and with it a powerful incentive to ensure that the (arbitration committee) would return an Award more favorable to the Nationals,” the attorneys say in the document. Read full article here.