District Daily: No extension talks between Doug Fister, Nationals since spring


Oct 6, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher

Doug Fister

(58) pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-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:

No extension talks between Doug Fister, Nationals since spring

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

After the Nationals traded for Doug Fister last winter, the team approached him and his agent about a long-term contract extension. The Nationals made an offer but the sides couldn’t agree on the terms. And, according to a person familiar with the situation, there has been no progress since, and no talks for months.

The Nationals are in an interesting position: Ten players under their control could be free agents after the 2015 season, including key players such as Fister, Denard Span, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann. The Nationals have tried to extend Zimmermann and Desmond in the past, but nothing materialized last winter when each player rejected an offer believed to be below market value.  Read full article here.

Ross Detwiler reflects on his season and future

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

Nearly two months have passed since the end of the Nationals‘ season, ample time for Ross Detwiler to reflect on his up-and-down season. He reported to Viera last spring having to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. He was moved into the bullpen during spring training. He went through spurts of effectiveness and inconsistency throughout the season, his patchy usage a big factor. And by the end of the season, he was left off the Nationals’ postseason roster against the San Francisco Giants.

“I was extremely disappointed,” said Detwiler by telephone this week from his offseason home near St. Louis, making his first comments about not making the playoff roster. “I know it was a team full of lefties and I thought matchup-wise we would have gone with three lefties if we were trying to match up. I guess they had a different plan. Maybe someone had a better history than me and it came down to two people. I don’t know…” Read full article here.