Nationals Notes: LaRoche, Espinosa, Lannan

Earlier this week, the Nationals acquired Denard Span from the Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.  More out of the nation's capital..

  • Adam LaRoche met with General Manager Mike Rizzo and had an open discussion about where each side stands, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.  “To be honest, it’s a years thing now,” LaRoche said. “I think they’re really wanting to stick to two years. I’m trying to talk them into lengthening that. To be honest, probably just one year. I’m not looking for four or five. I understand I’m 33 years old.  The first baseman requested the meeting to make sure that nothing got lost in translation between the front office and his representation at SFX.
  • Don’t be surprised if second baseman Danny Espinosa is the subject of trade discussions at the winter meetings, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The 25-year-old is likely to draw interest from teams who need a middle infielder and the Nats could use Steve Lombardozzi to replace Espinosa at second in the short-term.  Top prospect Anthony Rendon eventually could take the reins at the position if he does not replace Ryan Zimmerman at third.
  • Rizzo gave his rationale about the thought process in this week's non-tender decisions, Kilgore writes.  The club non-tendered left-hander John Lannan, catcher Jesus Flores, and reliever Tom Gorzelanny.

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