District Daily: Quiet Meetings leave Nationals looking at busy couple months

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Oct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals bench players and coaches react after shortstop Ian Desmond (20) was called out on strikes on a check swing against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-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:

Quiet Meetings leave Nats looking at busy couple months

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SAN DIEGO — There was a lot of talk about what the Nationals were going to do at the Winter Meetings, but other than a reported deal sending left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers, it was a quiet four days for general manager Mike Rizzo and his staff.

But the Nationals are far from done. They still need to figure out what to do with Jordan ZimmermannDoug FisterIan DesmondTyler Clippard and Doug Fister, all of whom could leave via free agency after the 2015 season.

As one person in the organization put it, it’s going to be hard signing all five players, but the team will not give the players away in trades. “It has to be the right deal,” the source said. Read full article here.

Barrett, Frandsen brighten day for young patients

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Sean Heagney was lying in a bed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on Friday, undergoing a plasmapheresis, in which plasma is removed from the blood and replaced to get rid of harmful antibodies. During such a procedure, any movement can cause severe bleeding.

Yet the 13-year-old eighth grader from Fort Collins, Colo., had trouble keeping himself still when a nurse told him that Nationals players would be visiting the hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center later that day.

“He literally almost jumped out of bed,” said his mother, Tami Heagney. “We were like, ‘You have to stay there.’ Ever since then, he was looking at the clock because he couldn’t wait to come in here.” Read full article here.

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