Oct 4, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches to San Francisco Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco (7) in the first inning in game two of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Carr/Pool Photo via 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:
Loaded Nationals sure to create stir at Meetings
WASHINGTON — On paper, it appears that the Nationals don’t need to make many changes. The starting eight position players are set, and the pitching staff is one of the best in baseball.
However, the Nationals are going to be the talk of the Winter Meetings because they have five players — Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span — who could be free agents after the 2015 season. There is already talk that general manager Mike Rizzo is willing to listen to offers for Zimmermann and Fister. Read full article here.
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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class
For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.
Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com’s initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop. Read full article here.