District Daily: Mike Rizzo turning attention to fortifying Nationals’ roster


Jan 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; (left to right) Washington Nationals manager

Matt Williams

, Nationals pitcher

Max Scherzer

, agent Scott Boras, and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo pose during a press conference introducing Scherzer as a member of the Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Rizzo turning attention to fortifying Nats’ roster

(Andrew Simon, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — While the signing of Max Scherzer has dominated Nationals news in recent days, the club is facing plenty of other issues at the moment. General manager Mike Rizzo addressed some of those on MLB Network’s Hot Stove show on Thursday morning, the day after Scherzer’s introductory news conference at Nationals Park.

The lone Nats player to attend that event was outfielder was Jayson Werth, who did so without a sling on his right arm. Werth is about two weeks removed from surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder, a procedure with a recovery time of two to three months.

“I talked to him yesterday,” Rizzo said. “He’s coming along very, very nicely. He’s out of the sling now and starting to rehab, I think, today. He feels like he’ll be ready for Opening Day, and if not, we certainly have to have the depth to compensate for that, and I think we do.” Read full article here.

More from District on Deck

4 Troy Tulowitzki trade scenarios with the Washington Nationals

(Drew Creasman, Purple Row)

With the Washington Nationals signing Max Scherzerreports immediately began circulating that the team in the nation’s capitol might be looking to unload some of their highly touted pitching.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still at the forefront of trade talk for many in Denver and across the country, so it seems only natural that the two teams may be able to figure out some kind of deal, especially if Stephen Strasburg is seriously a part of the conversation. The Nationals’ Ian Desmond also presents a unique opportunity for a team to make an offer for Tulo while including a shortstop who isn’t a massive drop-off in production, at least in a relative sense.

Understanding that the WAR stat has its shortcomings — specifically when it comes to properly valuing Coors Field outfield defense and hitters, as well as injured players in general — it is a useful tool for giving an objective, albeit less nuanced, look at potential blockbuster trades. It is a blunt instrument to be sure, but a good place to start. Read full article here.