District Daily: Nationals’ core feels a sense of urgency heading into 2015


Jul 20, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman

Ryan Zimmerman

(11) is congratulated by outfielder

Bryce Harper

(34) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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Nats’ core feels a sense of urgency heading into 2015

(Andrew Simon, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Friday’s trade of pitcher Ross Detwiler to the Rangers could be a small sneak preview of things to come for Nationals players, who have a large contingent of teammates nearing free agency.

Detwiler was one of those, and the former first-round Draft pick now has a new address after growing up in the organization alongside many of the players who have helped lead the team’s recent run of success. But if this particular group is going to reach its ultimate goal, a World Series title, 2015 could represent its final chance.

“[Detwiler] and I played together so much in the Minor Leagues and then got called up to the big leagues days apart from each other,” right-hander Craig Stammen said at Saturday’s NatsFest. “So it’s just a little reminder, right there, that you’re not always going to have the same teammates forever. Makes you realize we’ve got to get this going. If we want to do it with this group, we’ve got to get it done as quick as possible. Hopefully, we’ll get it done next year.” Read full article here.

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Frandsen aiming for everyday second-base job

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals are looking for a starting second baseman, and infielder Kevin Frandsen said Saturday he would like to be considered for the job.

The Nationals have been looking for a second baseman ever since Asdrubal Cabrera became a free agent. Frandsen has been in the Majors since 2006, and the most games he has ever played in a season occurred in 2013. He played 119 games that year for the Phillies and hit .234 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. Read full article here.