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Rizzo suggests Nationals not looking for fifth starter

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Rizzo suggests Nationals not looking for fifth starter
19 December, 2017 07:17AM
It’s the Winter Meetings, and it’s Mike Rizzo talking, so take this all with a large grain of salt. But a http://www.yriddes.com/jerome-bettis-jersey-c-1_58.html few hours after arriving at the Swan and Dolphin Resort for this week’s annual baseball industry gathering, the Nationals general manager suggested he’s not in the market for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey Womens another experienced major league starting pitcher, instead talking up the two inexperienced in-house candidates he already has in Erick Fedde and A.J. Cole.“We have great confidence in our in-house options,” Rizzo said in his first media session of this year’s meetings. “A.J. Cole threw the ball extremely well his last seven starts last year. The stuff was good, it upticked at the end of the season. And of course we love Fedde. He’ll be healthy and have some major league time under his belt. So we feel good about where we’re at.”If the Nationals do proceed in that direction and go with one of http://www.officialblackhawkssales.com/patrick-sharp-jersey-c-1_13.html the two young right-handers as the final member of their rotation, it would Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey be the first time the club has gone to spring training without five set-in-stone starters since 2012, when John Lannan, Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler all were in competition for the No. 5 job (it eventually went to Detwiler, after Wang was injured two weeks before opening day).It certainly hasn’t been Rizzo’s modus operandi - at least not since his club has been a legitimate contender - to have any uncertainty in his rotation heading into a season. If anything, he has shown a propensity to attempt to acquire big-name starters even when there was no overt need for one, from the signing of Edwin Jackson before the 2012 season to http://www.officialcowboysprosale.com/emmitt-smith-jersey-c-1_10.html the signing of Max Scherzer before the 2015 season to the pursued trade Ezekiel Elliott Youth Jersey for Chris Sale last winter.That said, the price tag for elite free agents right now is exorbitantly high - Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta each are expected to receive nine-figure deals - and Rizzo doesn’t typically like to spend dollars on second- or third-tier free agent arms that may be available.A trade seems more plausible this winter, depending on other clubs’ willingness to move established pitchers like the Brandin Cooks Authentic Jersey Pirates’ Gerrit Cole, the Rays’ Chris Archer or the Royals’ Danny Duffy.But if you take Rizzo at his word, the Nationals don’t intend to dive into that market, preferring instead to add a few low-cost pieces that could be stashed away at Triple-A in case they’re needed down the road.http://www.vksnv.sk/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=16284#16284
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