District Daily: Rizzo out to cement Nats as contenders at Meetings


October 6, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo before game three of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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

Rizzo out to cement Nats as contenders at Meetings

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SAN DIEGO — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and his brain trust have arrived at the Winter Meetings, looking to make the team World Series contenders for the third time in four years.

MLB.com will keep you up to date on what’s going on with the Nationals during the Meetings, which start on Monday. Those updates will be on nationals.com and Twitter — @washingnats. Rizzo is expected to have afternoon sessions with the local media. He is known to be tight-lipped, so it will be interesting to see what he says during the four days.

Manager Matt Williams is also expected to talk to the media on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, giving his take on the team. Read full article here.

Nationals working to sign Zimmermann long term

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SAN DIEGO — A baseball source said there is nothing imminent as far as the Nationals trying to trade any of their players who are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, a group which includes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. The Nationals are willing to listen to trade offers on any of their players, but that doesn’t mean they are going to make a move.

In fact, the same source said that the Nationals are still trying to sign Zimmermann long term. One could argue that Zimmermann is the ace of the pitching staff. In the last three years, he has posted 45 wins, a 2.96 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Read full article here.