The Washington Nationals have received calls, they've made calls and any moves they might make before tomorrow's Non-Waiver Trade Deadline will be made with an eye on this year and the future. "We feel good about our core players," Rizzo told reporters including MLB.com's Bill Ladson this weekend, "and we feel that we’re solid at our position players, we like our rotation, we like our bullpen arms. If we could tweak or improve certain spots on the bench, I think that would be one place that we would attack."
"We never make decisions based on the current season alone," he said, "so that hasn’t changed since I’ve taken over as GM."
Rizzo said he didn't see the team making any "splashy" moves, or adding a starter. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote on Monday that he's hearing the Nationals think they can go forward with veteran right-hander Dan Haren, Ross Ohlendorf, Taylor Jordan at the back of the rotation and then can turn to Nathan Karns if necessary. "They do not want to part with any of their high-end young pitching -- righty A.J. Cole and lefties Robbie Ray and Sammy Solis," Mr. Rosenthal explained, and they'd likely have to if they were to make a significant deal.
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman wrote Monday that with, "Ross Detwiler out another month with a back ailment and well-liked Taylor Jordan on an innings limit," he's heard that the Nationals, "... have been scouting the starting pitching market," but added that, "Rizzo said, 'I'm not concerned that we need to go out and get a starting pitcher,' and he ruled out rentals entirely.'" Will the Nationals make a deal to upgrade either the rotation or the bench before tomorrow's 4:00 pm EDT Non-Waiver Trade Deadline?
In ESPN.com's Jayson Stark's latest "Rumblings and Grumblings" column he writes that he's hearing the Nats are likely to stand pat and go forward with what they have. "Officials of three teams that spoke with the Nationals report they're almost certain to stand pat," Mr. Stark wrote, "especially given their place in the standings (nine games out in the NL East)."
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