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The Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics both viewed the Gio Gonzalez trade as a key step toward getting where they want to go. It's just that one team is trying to get there a little sooner.
Sean Burnett worked through his repertoire pitch by pitch, knocking off the rust in a bullpen session typical of the early days of spring training. It would be a few more days before he and his fellow Washington Nationals pitchers had a chance to face batters, so Burnett was throwing for an audience of one - catcher Sandy Leon.
VIERA, Fla. — More than two months after they felt they'd dodged a bullet, the Washington Nationals and left-handed prospect Sammy Solis got exactly the news they were hoping to avoid. Solis will undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on March 6, general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday.
Anthony Rendon is a third baseman. The Washington Nationals see him as a third baseman, they plan to play him in the minor leagues as a third baseman and they don't intend to force him into a position change unless it's necessary to get him to the major leagues.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has kept his eye on Gio Gonzalez for the last decade or so. Now, the left-hander is a member of Rizzo's starting rotation.
When Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty looked at his staff at the end of 2011, he felt confident. He examined the competition in the National League East and thought his pitchers were positioned well to compete in a tough division. With who the Nationals were expecting to have, he thought, "We had a very good rotation."