Washington Nationals News: Nats ink Cutter Dykstra, pitchers to Minors deals


Today’s District Daily discusses the Washington Nationals’ latest minor league signings and Wilson Ramos‘ goals for the 2016 season.

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, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the Nationals’ latest minor league singings. As Ladson notes, the Nationals have signed infielder Cutter Dykstra and right-handers Tim Alderson and Stephen Shackleford to minor league deals.

Both Dykstra and Alderson will be returning to the Nationals organization, while Shackleford joins the team for the first time after spending last season in the Phillies organization.

Dykstra will enter his sixth season with the Nationals. The speedy infielder joined the big league club for Spring Training last season and spent the entire year at Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. Next season will be Alderson’s second with the Nationals after the right-hander was limited to five starts at Harrisburg due to an arm injury last season.

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Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Andrew Simon discusses catcher Wilson Ramos’ goals for 2016. As Simon writes in his article, Ramos is looking to stay healthy and improve from a slow year at the plate last season.

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.

Nats ink Dykstra, two righties to Minors deals

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals signed infielder/outfielder Cutter Dykstra and right-handers Tim Alderson and Stephen Shackleford to Minor League deals, according to a baseball source.

Dykstra, who is entering his sixth season in the organization, played for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this past season, and he hit a combined .229 with six home runs and 36 RBIs. Dykstra was with the Major League club for most of Spring Training and made a good impression because of his hustle on the field. Dykstra, who is the son of former Major Leaguer Lenny Dykstra, is considered a speedy utility player. Read full article here.

Ramos wants to give Nats more on offense

(Andrew Simon, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After enduring three straight injury-marred seasons, Wilson Ramos‘ primary goal in 2015 was to stay on the field and off the disabled list. In that sense, it was mission accomplished for the Nationals’ starting catcher.

In terms of production, the year was more of a mixed bag, as Ramos came away pleased with his improvement behind the plate but unsatisfied with his performance at it. As he looks ahead to 2016, Ramos is focused on preparing his body to more capably handle another full season of catching duties. Read full article here.