District Daily: Nats are ‘open for business’ at Winter Meetings


Oct 4, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants in game two of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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:

Rizzo: Nats are ‘open for business’ at Winter Meetings

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SAN DIEGO — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that no progress was made as far as extending the contracts of Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span, all of whom could be free agents after the 2015 season.

It was reported Sunday that the Nationals are going to make another offer to Zimmermann sometime this week. Zimmermann has established himself as the ace of the pitching staff, winning 45 games in the last three years with a 2.96 ERA.

“We are doing a lot of business,” said Rizzo here on the first day of the Winter Meetings. “We talk about a lot of players with a lot of teams. We met with some agents about some players. But nothing to report on the potential free agents.” Read full article here.

More from District on Deck

Lunch with Williams among Nats’ charity auctions

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SAN DIEGO — Imagine hanging out with Matt Williams and his coaching staff or spending time with the Nationals’ grounds crew.

In what could be the greatest version of Show and Tell in history, the Nationals are offering just that — talking baseball with the manager over lunch or seeing how the grounds crew operates at Nationals Park, all in the name of charity.

The packages are part of MLB.com’s Auction to benefit LUNGevity, which is the United States’ largest national lung cancer-focused nonprofit. Read full article here.