Daily Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By Chelsea Janes The Wash­ing­ton Post

The last time Mike Rizzo traded for an es­tab­lished start­ing pitcher was five years ago, in De­cem­ber 2013, when he sent Rob­bie Ray, Steve Lom­bar­dozzi and Ian Krol to the Detroit Tigers in ex­change for Doug Fis­ter.

Be­fore that deal, the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ gen­eral man­ager hadn’t traded for a big-league starter since 2011, when he sent four play­ers to the Oak­land Ath­let­ics in ex­change for Gio Gon­za­lez. He had not made a deal for a starter with big-league ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore that trade. Un­til about 2011, he and his staff had lit­tle need to add.

In the years since those deals, Rizzo has traded for dozens of re­liev­ers, a hand­ful of reg­u­lar po­si­tion play­ers, plenty of bench

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play­ers and even a cou­ple of fu­ture ro­ta­tion sta­ples.

With es­tab­lished start­ing pitch­ers, he picks his spots.

Rizzo has said he will ex­plore all his op­tions on the start­ing-pitch­ing mar­ket. Ev­ery­one knows the big-name free agents — Patrick Corbin, Dal­las Keuchel, Nathan Eo­valdi, etc. — and the Na­tion­als will al­most cer­tainly keep track of all of them, even if they do not mount a full-on pur­suit.

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