NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Nationals have been connected to many of the biggest names on the market this offseason, which has kept them among the most prevalent teams in the headlines even though they have yet to pull off a major acquisition.
They did address one need at catcher on Friday when they acquired Derek Norris from the Padres, but Washington still has several other options in play. So the Nats will enter the Winter Meetings aiming to complete one of those blockbuster deals that they hope will improve them from a postseason team to a World Series contender.
• Nats face intriguing choice at Winter Meetings
MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
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The Winter Meetings are always unpredictable. Plenty of action can be expected when all 30 general managers and plenty of agents come together, and this year, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo could be among the most active.
• Meetings provide setting for Nats' aggressive moves
Washington's pursuit of Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen intensified ahead of the non-tender deadline on Friday. Even though no deal was made, the Nats are expected to remain a contender for him or another outfielder, especially considering they did not tender a contract to Ben Revere. Washington has also been involved in talks with Chicago for a potential trade for left-hander Chris Sale, and the Nationals still desire bullpen help and have interest in adding one of the elite closers on the free-agent market.
The Meetings begin Monday and run through the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. Coverage of news conferences with manager Dusty Baker and Rizzo, along with all the team's latest moves and interests, will appear on nationals.com. Stay tuned for what could be a wild week.
Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.