12/06/10 2:35 PM EST
Nationals like Loney, but trade unlikely
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
The Nationals, according to a source, would have to give up shortstop Ian Desmond and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann in return, which the Nationals have no interest in doing.
Loney has two fans in Nationals manager Jim Riggleman and Bob Schaefer, a special assistant to the general manager Mike Rizzo. Both Riggleman and Schaefer were in the Dodgers organization and worked with Loney over the years.
Bullpen additions on Nationals' radar
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- This past season, the bullpen was a strength for the Nationals, and they are looking to add more bullpen help in case they don't acquire a quality starting pitcher.
According to a baseball source, the Nationals have expressed interest in relievers J.J. Putz, Pedro Feliciano, Chad Durbin and Kevin Gregg, with Washington unwilling to overpay for relievers such as Rafael Soriano or Scott Downs.
In early October, manager Jim Riggleman said the Nationals should strengthen their bullpen if they can't acquire a starting pitcher.
"[We need] a front-line starting pitcher," Riggleman said. "However, if there isn't a front-line pitcher we could obtain, then I would be comfortable with our starting pitching the way it is. But strengthen the strength, which is our bullpen. Make it stronger with the understanding that our starters are who they are and we may be going to be bullpen even earlier, because we have another guy or two down there to go along with [Tyler] Clippard, [Sean] Burnett, Drew Storen and Doug Slaten. But ideally, you are talking about a top-line starting pitcher, and that is very hard to obtain."
Pavano seeking multiyear deal
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It appears unlikely the Nationals are going to sign Carl Pavano, according to a source, as the team is reluctant to give the righty a multiyear deal.
Pavano is coming off one of his best seasons, going 17-11 with 3.75 ERA for the Twins in 2010.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.