Nationals Are “Open-Minded” In Search For Pitching

Edwin Jackson is a free agent and John Lannan may be non-tendered, so the Nationals will be in the market for a starting pitcher this offseason. GM Mike Rizzo told Amanda Comak of The Washington Times that he isn't seeking one specific kind of starter and will instead be open minded.

"We want to get as qualified and impactful a starting pitcher as we can," said the GM. "We want to get as good of a starting pitcher as we possibly can. He may pitch fifth in our rotation but we don't necessarily want a No. 5-quality starter … I'm much more open-minded with it this year. It doesn't necessarily have to be a veteran, it doesn't have to necessarily need to be a fifth starter type of guy."

As our Free Agent Tracker shows, this winter's crop of free agent pitchers includes everything from an ace (Zack Greinke) to workhorses (Jeremy Guthrie, Ryan Dempster) to reclamation projects (Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker). The Nationals will have both Christian Garcia and Ryan Perry work as starters in camp, giving the team some internal options behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Ross Detwiler.


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16 Comments on "Nationals Are “Open-Minded” In Search For Pitching"


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Natsfan89
2 years 7 months ago

Go get Anibal Sanchez just to eliminate the chance of him pitching against the Nationals. Dude owns them.

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2 years 7 months ago

I think they should get Grienke and trade one of the surplus starters if nothing else.

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stl_cards16
2 years 7 months ago

Not offering Jackson a Qualifying Offer seems to suggest they will be in on either Greinke or Sanchez.

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dylanp5030
2 years 7 months ago

What about Rendon for Bauer

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jwsox
2 years 7 months ago

Gavin Floyd+deaza+ 4.5 million for rendon( dream I know) realistic those guys and cash for Espinosa(sliding either him or beckham to 3rd) this gives the nats the cf they want(had a very good year and is cheap) a solid starter and cash.

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sarcasm_robot
2 years 7 months ago

do you have something against commas?