District Daily: Scherzer not the only Nats newcomer ready to contribute


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

Matt Williams

speaks as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and Nationals pitcher

Max Scherzer

listen during a press conference introducing Scherzer as a member of the Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-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:

Scherzer not the only Nats newcomer ready to contribute

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

The Nationals didn’t make many waves early in the offseason, but that all changed in January, when they signed right-hander Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract.

However, Scherzer won’t be the only newcomer on the Nats’ Spring Training roster. Here’s a list of the new players who are expected to see action in camp.

Scherzer: His addition gives the Nationals arguably the best rotation in baseball. A group that includes Jordan ZimmermannStephen StrasburgDoug Fister and Gio Gonzalez helped Washington lead all Major League rotations with a 3.04 ERA last season. With Scherzer added to the mix, Tanner Roark will move to the bullpen and likely become a long reliever. Read full article here.

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Severino among Nationals’ 20 non-roster invites

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals on Thursday released a list of their 20 non-roster invitees to Spring Training.

While invitations for players such as Evan Meek, Heath Bell, Dan Uggla and Kila Ka’aihue had been announced earlier in the offseason, there were some new names added Thursday.

Players such as catchers Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom and infielder Cutter Dykstra, the son of former Major Leaguer Lenny Dykstra, will get their first taste of big league Spring Training.

The Nats are very high on Severino, who is considered to be an exceptional defensive backstop. While playing for Class A Hagerstown in 2013, he threw out 40 percent of would-be base stealers. Read full article here.

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