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Conference Call with Nats GM Mike Rizzo

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo discussed several team-related topics on a recent conference call. He talked about some of the moves that had been made this off-season, some of the moves that did not get made, and other miscellaneous topics about the team.

On the rotation’s depth: “Certainly depth and competition for a starting rotation spot is what we were after. We feel that we’ve improved ourselves from last season. The natural improvement of a Jordan Zimmermann and a Yunesky Maya and a Ross Detwiler, combined with a healthy Jason Marquis and now a new acquisition of Tom Gorzelanny has really given us some added depth in the rotation. And along with Chien-Ming Wang hopefully coming in 100 percent to spring training, we feel that we’ve got ourselves some good competition in the starting rotation. We’ve got some roster flexibility with players that have options. We feel we’re going to field a much stronger, much more effective starting rotation in ’11.”

On what still needs to be done before spring training: “I think we’ve had a very active and very effective offseason. We’ve accomplished a lot of our goals of trying to construct a ballclub. We’re certainly never finished trying to improve the ballclub any way we can. If we see something that’s a prudent move via free agency, a non-roster invitee or a trade, we’re certainly open to do that. But with that said, I think we’ve had a terrific offseason. I think we’ve accomplished a lot of our goals. And I think we’ve constructed a team that’s going to be a big upgrade from 2010 and be a very, very solid ballclub that’s going to contend very positively in the National League.”

This is the link to the rest of the transcript from Rizzo’s conference call. I recommend reading the rest, as Rizzo discusses the situation with Chien-Ming Wang, Tom Gorzelanny’s fight for a spot in the rotation, and the role a veteran like Jerry Hairston Jr. could play with the team.

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