The Washington Nationals and General Manager Mike Rizzo wanted to "make a splash" this offseason and get some veteran talent and experience to juxtapose the team's young core. Via MLB.com, the Nationals are not only attempting to make a splash, but to drain all of the water in the pool.
Left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee, the biggest free agent on the market this offseason, will give the Nationals a chance to make their case. A "baseball source familiar with Lee and the Nationals" says that the Nats are a team that Lee has to learn more about.
Rizzo said that the Nationals "No. 1 priority" is to attain a "front-of-the-rotation guy to put everybody in their proper places in the rotation." Lee has pitched in the last two World Series, this season for the Texas Rangers and last season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee came up short both times. Lee has also pitched for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians in recent years. Lee is 102-61 with a 3.85 ERA in his nine-year career.