Rizzo Downplays Nationals’ Curiosity In Commerce For Third Baseman

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By Jeff Todd | February 14, 2020 at 3:51pm CDTWhile we’ve heard some chatter suggesting the Nationals stay all for buying and selling for a top-shelf third baseman, Nationals president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo downplayed the chance in feedback to assembled media members together with Todd Dybas of NBC Sports activities Washington (Twitter hyperlink).
Rizzo didn’t precisely stamp out the opportunity of a late-breaking addition. However he actually poured a bucket of chilly water on latest hints that the Nats might nonetheless be speaking with groups just like the Rockies (Nolan Arenado) and Cubs (Kris Bryant).
“We’re not trying to make a commerce,” says Rizzo. “It’s nothing that’s been a precedence for us within the offseason.”
It might be silly to imagine that these feedback are decisive. In any case, no govt would totally commit the crew’s route by the media. And Rizzo particularly has acted counter to his public indications prior to now.
That stated, the Nats’ a number of, smaller veteran infield additions run counter to the idea of a serious commerce for a 3rd baseman. It’s attainable to think about a reshuffling of the roster that will accommodate a brand new star participant, however the group would possibly’ve stayed its hand a bit extra with its earlier strikes if it noticed that as a believable final result.
As issues stand, the D.C. group will search to defend its crown by relying upon a gathering of choices at third (and second) base. The crew hopes that teen Carter Kieboom can lock up the job in camp, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com writes. In any other case, it’ll be a matter of blending and matching. One other inexperienced participant, Jake Noll, additionally has a 40-man spot and will push for a shot with a giant spring. Veterans Asdrubal Cabrera, Howie Kendrick, and Starlin Castro all have hung out on the sizzling nook. Adrian Sanchez and Wilmer Difo will compete for a utility gig with veteran Emilio Bonifacio.

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