Nationals Notes: Gonzalez, Zimmermann, Rizzo

Earlier today, we learned that Nats GM Mike Rizzo is “open minded” about pursuing an extension with shortstop Ian Desmond.  Here's more from Rizzo courtesy of's Dan Kolko..

  • Despite Gio Gonzalez's alleged link to a Miami PED clinic and the potential fallout that could come from that, the Nats aren't looking to acquire a big-name arm as insurance.  Rizzo says that he is always looking for depth, but the news about Gonzalez didn't "intensify" anything for the front office.
  • However, the club could look to make a significant move if an injury or something else unforeseen creates a need.  "If you're talking about a big-time trade or a big-time free agent acquisition, I would think that would have to be something that was set off by something that happens here in camp," the GM said. "But we're always looking to get ourselves better and deeper, and if there's something to be done that makes sense for us, we'll certainly doing it."
  • Rizzo says that the Nats and Jordan Zimmermann are still a little ways apart in negotiations for a contract for the 2013 season.  The right-hander made similar comments earlier this week.

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