Report: Nats starters “available”

Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Nationals have said starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are both available for trade if a team presents the right deal.

Nightengale makes it clear that the Nats are not trying to dump salary, but both pitchers will be free agents in a year and Washington is willing to listen if a team is interested. Both pitchers — Zimmermann in particular — are sure to land significant contracts if they hit the free agent market, and the Nats may never get a better return for them than they will now.

There was a Chicago Sun-Times report two weeks ago that linked Zimmermann to the Cubs, but it has since lost traction.

— Joey Nowak

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Mariners and Nationals would make sense in a trade sending Fister or Jordan Zimmerman & Ryan Zimmerman to the Mariners for Brad Miller, Taijuan Walker or Roenis Elias, Logan Bawcom, and outfielder Julio Morban that may replace Span in couple years at centerfield. GM Rizzo & Jack Z should pull off the deal. Ryan Z. would replace Kendry Morales as a DH w/ the injury history he has been going through last few years.

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