District Daily: Nats would be wise to hold on to Zimmermann


Sep 28, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher

Jordan Zimmermann

(27) salutes the crowd after recording his final out of a no-hitter against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


Good afternoon DoD readers! Checkout some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:

Nats would be wise to hold on to Zimmermann

(Mike Bauman, MLB.com)

Jordan Zimmermann trade rumors persist, but they might be wish-fulfillments springing from general managers who need pitching.

If you were the Washington Nationals, trading Zimmermann might be the kind of thing you would do if you thought the franchise was moving back to Montreal. Short of that, probably not.

“Everybody talks about [Stephen] Strasburg, but you look at the last two years and this guy [Zimmermann] was their best pitcher,” said a Major League scout. Read full article here.

Nats nearly set, but in market for second baseman

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — With baseball’s Winter Meetings starting Monday in San Diego, the Nationals have been relatively quiet so far this offseason.

Yes, they tendered contracts to all 10 of their players — Stephen StrasburgDoug FisterWilson RamosCraig StammenDanny EspinosaJerry BlevinsTyler ClippardRoss DetwilerDrew Storen and Jose Lobaton — eligible for arbitration. And they signed bench player Kevin Frandsen to a one-year, $1 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

In previous years, however, general manager Mike Rizzo made blockbuster moves before the Winter Meetings started. Last year, for example, he acquired Fister from the Tigers for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. The year before, Rizzo solved the Nats’ problem in center field by acquiring Denard Span from the Twins for pitcher Alex MeyerRead full article here.