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Nationals opt to bring back Denard Span
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Nationals have picked up outfielder Denard Span's option for 2015, according to The Washington Post

Span is set to earn $9 million next year. He was fantastic in 2014, hitting .302/.355/.416 over 610 at-bats. 

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Nationals decline options on 1B LaRoche, RHP Soriano
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and right-hander reliever Rafael Soriano appear destined for free agency after the team declind to pick up their options for 2015, per the Washington Post.

LaRoche rebounded well from a poor 2013. His .259/.362/.455 stat line was significantly improved from the previous year and he drove in 92 runs.

Soriano, however, struggled in the second half to lose the closer role to Drew Storen. He finished with a 4-1 record and 3.19 ERA that skyrocketed from 1.10 after July 27.

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Ross Ohlendorf elects free agency
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has elected to become a free agent after being outrighted off the Nationals roster, CSNWashington.com reports. Ohlendorf spent the season on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

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Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan underwent elbow surgery
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan underwent elbow surgery in September, according to The Washington Post

Jordan is expected to be fully healed by spring training. Jordan struggled through the season, posting a 5.61 ERA over 25 2/3 innings in the majors. He underwent at least one MRI on his elbow during the season. 

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Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman likely to play first base in 2015
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Nationals third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman will likely shift over to first base in 2015, MLB.com reports. He's currently resting his right hamstring after suffering a Grade 3 strain in July.

"I'm sure I'll talk to them soon or they will talk [to the media]," Zimmerman said. "I think Anthony [Rendon] is the future third baseman. Obviously, he played great there. He played some second and some third. If he goes into Spring Training knowing that he is playing third base, he has a chance to be a very good third baseman.

"Obviously, I love playing third base. But some of the injuries over the last two or three years made it tougher for me to be an above average third baseman. It's hard to accept that, but I think that's the truth. Sometimes, the truth hurts sometimes. But Anthony has a great chance to be very good over there. I could be an above average first baseman if I work at it during Spring Training and the rest of this offseason. But that's not just my decision. Obviously, I'll talk with [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] and Matt and see what their plans are. I'm sure we'll find out in the next week or two."

The Nationals have first base open due to the impending free agency of 2014 starter Adam LaRoche.

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