Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
In today’s Daily, FanSided’s Josh Hill discusses the possibility of the Nationals trading right-hander Stephen Strasburg. As Josh writes in his article, the rotation was a disappointment for the Nationals in 2015, and with Strasburg set to hit free agency next offseason, the team could be willing to move the former No. 1 overall draft pick this winter.
Of course, Strasburg trade speculation is nothing new. There were rumors that the Nationals would trade him last season, but that obviously didn’t happen. This year, however, the Nationals may decide to either trade the right-hander or lock him up for a few more years with an extension.
Earlier this offseason, one of our writers gave the case for why the Nationals should extend Strasburg this season. If the Nationals are unable or unwilling to sign him long-term, they could look to trade him, or keep him on board for one more season and let him leave via free agency next year.
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In any event, Strasburg’s value isn’t as high as it was last offseason. While the right-hander finished the 2015 on a red-hot streak, it’s hard to ignore his early-season struggles and the fact that he couldn’t seem to get over several nagging injuries.
All signs point to an active offseason for the Nationals, and Strasburg’s future with the team will certainly be an ongoing discussion throughout the winter.
Also in today’s Daily, James Wagner of the Washington Post discusses the Nationals firing their athletic training staff.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Nationals Trade Rumors: Washington shopping Stephen Strasburg?
We are a few games into the MLB Postseason’s Championship Series round, but the offseason has already begun for all but four of the teams int he league. One of those teams is the Washington Nationals, who thought they might have been in the postseason — and probably should have — had it not been for a Mets-eqsue meltdown at the end of the year.
Washington has the potential NL Cy Young Winner in Max Scherzer but their masterful pitching staff fantasy never quite played out and it may be time to blow things up now that the Nats are in minor rebuilding mode. Matt Williams is gone as manager, there is upheaval in management and that could lead to a key piece being moved. Read full article here.
Nationals dismiss athletic training staff
After a disappointing and injury-riddled season in which the Washington Nationals failed to reach the playoffs, changes won’t be limited simply to the manager’s office, coaching staff and roster. The Nationals also dismissed head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, assistant trainer Steve Gober and strength and conditioning coach John Philbin on Friday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
Kuntz was the team’s head athletic trainer since 2007; he previously had worked with the Indians and Royals organizations. Read full article here.