Bill Ladson

Nats ready to put offseason plan into motion

Rizzo, Baker and Co. arrive at Winter Meetings, where they hope to address needs, such as bullpen

Nats ready to put offseason plan into motion

NASHVILLE -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and his brain trust have arrived at the Winter Meetings, looking to make the Nats postseason contenders like they were in 2014. and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2015 Winter Meetings from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, with the Network launching 35 hours of live Winter Meetings coverage on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on, as well as the announcement of the Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era Committee inductees on Monday at 11 a.m. ET and the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

Nationals' Hot Stove Tracker will keep you up to date on what's going on with the Nationals during the Meetings, which start on Monday. The Nats will unveil Dusty Baker on Tuesday, when the new manager will meet with reporters.

Washington has a lot to do when it comes to fixing the club, especially the bullpen, which was one of the worst in the Majors during the second half of this past season. The Nats already agreed to terms with Oliver Perez.

They are looking for a left-handed bat who can play the outfield or second base. Ben Zobrist would be an obvious fit, as he can play every position except for pitcher and catcher.

Ladson on Nats, Zobrist

The Nationals have players on the trade block. Yunel Escobar is a man without a position because Anthony Rendon is going back to third base. According to sources, Drew Storen is on the trade block. The reliever had a rough September.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @washingnats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.