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Rizzo on 1B, Lee, Wang, Webb

Dec 8, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo's just-completed media session featured questions and answers on the pursuit of a first baseman, the status of the search for a front-line pitcher, thoughts on the possibility of signing either Chien-Ming Wang or Brandon Webb (or even both right-handers) and even a little bit about Michael Morse's projected role.

Here's the transcript…

On losing out on Carlos Pena to the Cubs: "He was just one of many options that we were thinking of. I know our name was attached to him quite a bit, but he was just one of many guys we were thinking."

Are you looking for a long-term or a stop-gap solution at first base? "We'll explore both options. There's planning ahead that can take into account both kinds of players. It expands our pool a little bit more."

With a lot of first basemen off the table now, do you feel like you need to resolve this soon? "I don't want to ever feel rushed to do a deal. When you feel rushed to do a deal, you make a deal that you may not have wanted to do. We're going to look at all our options, and we feel that there's still a lot of good options out there. We'll see where it takes us."

Do you have a sense what the timetable for Cliff Lee to make a decision is? "I don't really know where he's at in regards to getting a deal done soon. It wouldn't surprise me if it went beyond the
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  1. Anonymous - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Him?

  2. Anonymous - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Yes! Yes! Bring back Willie(.183/.291/.362).Willie Harris, he's our man.If he can't do it, we won't be a bit surprised.

  3. BinM - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    GM Rule #1 – When asked a question regarding a specific player, never dis-respect that individual (Bowden w/Cordero). You never know what may happen in the future. If you reference a general attitude – "I just got tired of watching them" (Rizzo w/2009 bullpen) that might apply to several players (i.e. Cabrera, Hinckley, Schell), that's acceptable, because you haven't singled out an individual for scorn. Having said that, Willie Harris looked like he was a 'spent casing' last year & needs to move on, imo.

  4. Theophilus - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Can't overstate the importance of getting a left-handed hitting 1B. And except for LaRoche there aren't any free agents worth having (Derrek Lee is RH.) Morse isn't the answer (also RH). Marrero, if he were to shock everyone and turn out to be a Major League player, is RH. Further down the road, Moore is RH. All three catchers are RH. Leaving you w/ Espinosa, Bernandina, Morgan (blecch)and ?? hitting from the left side.If LaRoche doesn't sign here, Rizzo will have to trade Willingham and some AAAA arms for Loney or the guy in Oakland.

  5. Slidell - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    New York Post says Yanks have offered Lee six years, $135-150 million.

  6. Anonymous - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Draft picks Michael Burgess and Tim Pahuta are the only left handed power guys in the high minors currently. Both are currently at the AA Harrisburg level. Seems like it wouldn't be a big gamble to go out and get a reasonably high ranked left handed first base prospect that is blocked. Otherwise, there's always Crawford.

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    New York Post says Yanks have offered Lee six years, $135-150 million. So, Uncle Teddy, make it seven years, $180 million and you got yourself a staff ace

  8. Golfersal - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    The one really positive thing from this piece (which is well done) that I liked the best is at the end in which Rizzo said that Michael Morse will have an important role.Damn right he should, he could be one of those hidden gems that shines and carries the Nats through the year.Glad that management feels that way for Morse

  9. N. Cognito - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    "Willie Harris is one of the many people we're thinking about and discussing being a guy off the bench, yes." FACE PALM

  10. Sec3MySofa - Dec 9, 2010 at 4:09 AM

    to be fair, NCog, he didn't say *what* they were thinking, or *how far* off the bench they had in mind.

  11. Anonymous - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Isn't Nick Johnson available?

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