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Rizzo Day III Briefing

The D.C. press contingent just had its daily session with GM Mike Rizzo in the 11th floor Marriott suite in Indianapolis being used this week by the Nats as front office HQ. Nothing too astonishing to report.

"No big news itself today," Rizzo said. "Just working on a lot of things. Meeting with a lot of clubs. Meeting with a lot of agents. Just trying to hammer out some things and lay foundations and, you know, try to do things for the future."

A few tidbits regarding items more specific than "things."

* The Nats do have interest in Livan Hernandez. At least a bit. "He's on a list of several pitchers that we still have interest in," Rizzo said.

* Jason Marquis is also on the list, Rizzo confirmed. (Sorry, that was the last of the proper nouns he mentioned.)

* In the search for a 2B or SS, Rizzo now sees the signing/acquisition of a 2B as being more likely, especially with free agents Adam Everett and Bobby Crosby off the market. "I think there's certainly more second baseman available of interest than there are shortstops of interest," Rizzo said.

* Speaking about the likelihood of further activity at these winter meetings for the Nats, Rizzo said, "I wouldn't categorize anything as imminent to be done, nor do I feel it important to get done by the end of these meetings.... If we leave here doing nothing else, we certainly have a lot of irons in the fire for stuff down the road this winter."

By Chico Harlan  |  December 9, 2009; 8:51 PM ET
 
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* In the search for a 2B or SS, Rizzo now sees the signing/acquisition of a 2B as being more likely.

Two words: Orlando Hudson.

It's time for Hudson on the Anacostia...

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | December 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Tracee's got an awesome column up. I say awesome and I was even her target.

Piteous Mewling. Great stuff.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 9, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"If we leave here doing nothing else, we certainly have a lot of irons in the fire for stuff down the road this winter."

Rizzo's got that Nats speak down to a science. "Lots of irons in the fire equals code words for: Uncle Ted said $6M is all he had left in the bank, we are waiting until he gets his social security check on the first and then we'll see".

"The D.C. press contingent just had its daily session with GM Mike Rizzo in the 11th floor Marriott suite in Indianapolis"

Oh my lord Chico thats about the funniest line you have written in two years, the DC Press Contingent probably could have fit snugly in the bathroom of that 11th floor suite. Yeah all 4 of ya!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | December 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

News just in from Ken Rosenthal: Millwood to Orioles confirmed and, with the money saved by dumping Millwood's contract, the Rangers sign Rich Harden to a one-year deal. So that limits the Nats search for an SP.

Posted by: KilgoreQTrout | December 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

When the Washington Times folds (or quits covering sports), that "D.C. press contingent" will be able to fit into the phone booth in the lobby of that Indy Marriott.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | December 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

When the Washington Times folds (or quits covering sports), that "D.C. press contingent" will be able to fit into the phone booth in the lobby of that Indy Marriott.

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Given the way the team does things sometimes, I think it would more likely be the handicapped stall in the lobby mens room.

Posted by: thepostischeap | December 9, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

In all seriousness though (ha!), I think the Nats have made some good progress thus far. Remember, we still have over two months until pitchers and catchers report. We've made progess with the bullpen, we've added a veteran catcher, and I'm sure there's more to come. Combined with the front office moves, I think the team is in much better shape than it has been in a long time.

On a related note, my girlfriend and I were just out for a late dinner and drinks and one of the first things she said to me was "I can't believe Pudge is coming here! That is so awesome!" Count me down as being in favor of this signing.

Posted by: thepostischeap | December 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Any word on who the Nats released to open a spot on 40 man roster?

Posted by: brothbart | December 10, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

@thepost:
Pudge is about the only non-Nat, non-Yankee ('cause EVERYONE knows the big name Yanks) that my wife knows. count me in, too!

Catcher, check.
One solid reliever, check.

Remaining off-season must-haves:
1. TWO serious top/middle of the (Nats') rotation starters. I want to see Livo (if for no other reason than he WANTS to be here, and if healthy, will "eat innings") AND any one of Garland/Pineiro/Marquis, maybe Myers if he can be a starter again, and I'd even like Smoltz in a largely "mentor" role. Tho Smoltz and Livo has a tinderbox/3-Mile-Island kinda feeling to it. :-/ I do NOT want Padilla. I don't care how well his time in LA went - he's a powder keg, and the Nats don't need that sort of character on the team, just to plug a short-term hole. Plug the holes with high-character, mentor type players, or move on to the future.
2. A starting-caliber middle infielder (Hudson, Jamey, Counsell, K. Greene... maybe even Belly, or someone via trade). Guzman/Desmond/Gonzales alone does not do it for me.
3. One more solid middle-reliever or potential closer, and a few more bodies in camp to compete w/ Clippard/Burnett/Mock/Bergmann/etc. I would accept a re-sign of MacDougal as the the guy to pair with Bruney at the back end. Not ideal, but certainly an upgrade over '09.

Oh, and keeping up with the Rizzo/Kasten "you can never have too much pitching" mantra: just sign Olsen. The Nats have taken much bigger/pricier gambles before. Unless you think his arm may just fall off by May, go ahead and tender him, and go to arbitration if needed. Maybe he'll even take a mid/low priced 1-year deal with incentives. It's worth the gamble.

Posted by: TheBorg | December 10, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Why the heck didnt the Nats try to land premium closer Rafael Soriano? He's just been traded to Tampa Bay for a borderline reliever, Jesse Chavez. If that's all it took to get Soriano, because he accepted arbitration at the last minute and could count on only a non-guaranteed contract after losing his job to other signings, surely Rizzo could have presented a better offer to snare him. What a wasted opportunity. It seems Rizzo is unwilling to go for anyone who might cost more than a token small salary, while serious major league teams are busy signing or trading for serious major leaguers in Indianapolis. Can you explain, Chico?

Posted by: mx_heinrich | December 10, 2009 5:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure the Nats have any major league bullpen arms who are as good as Chavez. Maybe Clippard? Plus the Rays are paying all of Soiano's salary, which could be around $8 million. There's also always the possibility the Braves didn't want to trade him in the division. But, if the Nats had obtained Soriano, he clearly would have been the front-runner to be the closer in 2010.

Posted by: SpashCity | December 10, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

The Nats did not trade for Sorianao b/c there is no way they'd pay the guy the $7-8M he'll get in arbitration.

Prgoress in the bullpen? -- more like treading water -- they'll lose MacDougal and get another guy in Bruney with a similar skill set. Adding Pudge is a plus but not such a big one -- part time declinging guy, the upside may arrive in DC with him, hope so, but it is not exactly like we just got Joe Mauer or something here.

Rizzo's irons in the fire had better start turning into high level starting pitchers pretty soon or he'll have no asses in the seats come April.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 10, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

How interesting does this turn out to be? Apparently after failing to shop around the first pick in the Rule 5 draft today, the Yankees are having the Nats pick one of their own minor leaguers (Zack Kroenke) and selling him back to ... the Yankees.

So, we get Bruney for literally nothing except passing on the chance to pick someone of our own in the Rule 5. Pretty solid PTBNL, I think.

Posted by: faNATic | December 10, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Or ignore me because Jayson Stark was totally wrong.

Point - Shiner over Stark.

See new post.

Posted by: faNATic | December 10, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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