District Daily: The impossible extension for Bryce Harper and the Nationals


Oct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder

Bryce Harper

hits a RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning during game four 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:

Nationals Trade Rumors: On the Nats’ thinking with Jordan Zimmermann

(Patrick Reddington, Federal Baseball)

Washington Nationals’ right-hander Jordan Zimmermann told the Washington Post he would like to stay in the nation’s capital if there is a “fair” deal to be had, but the Nats are reportedly at least entertaining offers for the 28-year-old starter. Rumors? Here we go…

In a Washington Post article published ten days back now, 28-year-old right-hander Jordan Zimmermann told WaPost reporter James Wagner that he would still like to stay with the Washington Nationals who drafted and developed him if the right deal can be agreed upon.

If the two sides can’t agree on what they see as a “fair” long-term deal, the Nats’ ’07 2nd Round pick is due to become a free agent after the 2015 campaign. Read full article here.

More from District on Deck

The impossible extension for Bryce Harper and the Nationals

(Grant Brisbee, SB Nation)

The Nationals and Bryce Harper are in a contract dispute. Here’s why it won’t be settled with a long-term extension.

The Washington Nationals are heading for a tussle with Bryce Harper. To save millions over the next four years, the Nationals are willing to hunker down and irritate Harper and his agent. In a normal situation, a team shouldn’t mess with the feelings of the ostensible cornerstone of the franchise. In a normal situation, this would seem like a risk. With a normal player and a normal agent, it would be useful to call the Nationals out for being pennywise and pound foolish, saving money in the short term at the risk of alienating someone important. Read full article here.