Nationals' Assistant GM Bryan Minniti spoke to reporters, including the Washington Times' Amanda Comak, at the Winter Meetings this past December about wanting to add to the pitching depth in the organization after trading some of the top prospects in the system in the last few years. The difficulty in adding depth to a team with a rotation that's pretty much set at the major league level, Mr. Minniti explained, was in, "... recruiting guys who know that they're going to probably end up in Triple-A, barring an injury." The Nats' Asst. GM predicted then signings would likely take place later in the winter once the market sorted itself out and options for those pitchers looking for a home were reduced.
Washington's General Manager, Mike Rizzo, told reporters today, according to reports on Twitter, that he was happy with the depth the Nationals assembled for Spring Training though it wasn't easy:
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