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Rizzo Denies Interest in Trade for Pitcher, Makes Reference to Nats’ ‘Big Three’

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Nationals pitcher Dan Haren. (Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Nationals pitcher Dan Haren. (Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Mike Rizzo doesn’t anticipate trading for a starting pitcher any time soon, despite reports looming that the Nats are looking to sure up the back of their rotation before the trade deadline hits on July 31.

“I like our starting rotation,” the Nats GM told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny on Wednesday.

“I’m not anticipating trading for a starting pitcher,” he later added. “We think that Dan Haren is going to pitch well for us down the stretch. We feel that we’ve got great depth in our Minor League system with Taylor Jordan, Ross Ohlendorf, Nathan Karns – could all come up here, and have all come up and pitched well in the big leagues.”

As a quick aside, Rizzo also made maybe the first on-record reference to Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez as “The Big Three.” At least in recent memory.

“Davey’s got great confidence in the Big Three, and Dan Haren, and Ross Detwiler,” Rizzo said. “As do I.”

Rizzo did acknowledge he would consider adding another guy to the Nats bench, specifically a pinch-hitter.

“Maybe getting a big pinch-hit type of guy – left-handed or right-handed,” he said.

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