District Daily: Nationals manager Matt Williams happy for former teammate Randy Johnson


October 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals manager

Matt Williams

addresses media in a press conference before game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Nats’ Williams happy for former teammate Johnson

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Matt Williams wasn’t surprised that Randy Johnson was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Williams called Johnson the most dominating left-handed pitcher of his generation.

Williams should know. They were teammates with the D-backs from 1999-2003, and Williams watched Johnson win four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards, lead the NL in strikeouts four times and help Arizona win its only World Series title in 2001. Read full article here.

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3 Missing Pieces the Washington Nationals Could Still Land This Winter

(Danny Garrison, Bleacher Report)

The Washington Nationals have been maddeningly patient this winter, but the team still has a few months to let its fans stew and a short list of pieces that could fill its only visible hole: second base.

Nationals rumors this offseason have been largely dominated by who might be leaving the team. Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Ian Desmond are no closer to learning their fate.

With this list comes a welcome break from that discussion and a look into who could potentially join the team before it’s all said and done.

Washington has seven solid, everyday position players and a starting rotation that could lose a member and still terrify a batting order. In fact, it’s very possible the Nationals trade Zimmermann to acquire the services of a new second baseman if his contract isn’t extended. Read full article here.

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