District Daily: Some free agent bullpen options for the Nationals

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Sep 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the twelfth inning at Busch Stadium. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 in twelve innings. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-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!

Some free agent bullpen options for the Nationals

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

It’s still early in the hot stove season, but the free agent and trade market will start to take clearer shape beginning next week. Other than trying to improve at second base, the Nationals aren’t necessarily pressed to make any moves. General Manager Mike Rizzo has said he is open to tweaking the bench and bullpen. Adding a reliever, maybe a veteran one, is perhaps the most prudent move.

According to people who have spoken with the Nationals over the last few weeks, the team is focused mostly on their current players (extensions, potential trades, etc.) and not as interested in free agency. The Nationals could always nab a reliever in a multi-player trade involving any of their players with one year left of control. Read full article here.

How much will the Nationals miss LaRoche?

(Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider)

We had known, really, since late in the season that Adam LaRoche would not be returning to the Nationals in 2015. That common-sense assumption, though, became reality this week when the White Sox announced they signed the veteran first baseman to a 2-year, $25 million contract.

The reasons for LaRoche’s departure — and why the Nats really had no choice but to let him go — have been explained enough times already, but we haven’t really looked at the other side of the equation: How much will the Nationals miss him? Read full article here.

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