Winter Meetings Update from Indianapolis – 12/8
Notes from NatsTown has a handful of correspondents working the lobby and covering the happenings from the Nationals’ Baseball Operations suite at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis this week. Here’s an update from Indy:
With two days in the books at the Winter Meetings, the Nationals have been one of the most active teams and have been working diligently to improve the club.
Monday, Washington acquired reliever Brian Bruney from the Yankees. GM Mike Rizzo sees Bruney as a back-of-the-bullpen guy who could compete for the closer role. The hard-throwing right-hander has a bulldog mentality and big-game experience.
The Nationals’ Baseball Ops brass spent most of today (Tuesday) bunkered down in their suite atop the Marriott hotel in Indianapolis talking to agents about available players and other teams about possible trades.
This year’s Winter Meetings mark Rizzo’s first as quarterback of the Nationals’ brain trust, and he has all of his top aides with him here. Bill Singer, in particular, was Rizzo’s top advisor on the Bruney trade. Rizzo’s lieutenants are absolutely critical at these meetings, not only for their opinions on players but also for their knowledge of other teams’ needs and available players.
Two days remain before the Nationals’ delegates head back to the District. Wednesday should be another day of meetings and discussions and then the Meetings will conclude with the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.